This ground-breaking project will be the first Australian empirical study on the online distribution of intimate or sexual digital images without consent, also known as "revenge pornography".

  • Project dates: 2014
  • Research Partner: La Trobe University
  • Research Partner: Monash University

This project was based at La Trobe University

This project addresses a significant research gap on a social and legal issue that is of growing importance internationally. It aims to:

  1. Examine the scope, prevalence and impacts of legislation introduced in Victoria in 2014 – the first targeted revenge pornography laws in any Australian state/territory, and;
  2. Investigate the prevalence of revenge porn and the experiences of adult victims.

The project will generate new knowledge that has the potential to inform legal reforms and responses beyond Victoria to other Australian and international jurisdictions. The research adopts a mixed-method approach, including: a legislative review of laws in Victoria and three international jurisdictions (Canada, UK, US); semi-structured interviews with stakeholders; a law reform roundtable with international experts; and a survey on victim experiences.

Key People

Lead researchers

More than revenge: the scope, nature and impact of revenge porn in Victoria

Dr Nicola Henry

Lead Researcher

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Dr Anastasia Powell

Dr Anastasia Powell

Senior Research Fellow

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More than revenge: the scope, nature and impact of revenge porn in Victoria

Dr Asher Flynn

Co-investigator

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