Technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment: violence against women in cyberspace and the implications for legislative and policy reform

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Dr Anastasia Powell (RMIT University) and Dr Nicola Henry (Social Inquiry, La Trobe University)

The aim of the project is to significantly strengthen understandings of technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment in Australia. The project will document the lived experiences of victims to different forms of technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment, and investigate the effectiveness of law and policy in responding to these new and emerging crimes.


Powell, A & Henry, N (forthcoming) Sexual violence in a digital age, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Powell, A & Henry, N (forthcoming) ‘Technology-facilitated sexual violence victimization: results from an online survey of Australian adults’, Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Henry, N & Powell, A (forthcoming) ‘Technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment’, in CM Renzetti, JL Edleson & RK Bergen (eds), Sourcebook on violence against women (3rd edition), Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.

Powell, A & Henry, N (forthcoming) ‘Sexual violence and harassment in the digital era’, in R Sarre & A Deckert (eds), The Australian and New Zealand handbook of criminology, crime and justice.

Henry, N & Powell, A (2016) 'Technology-facilitated sexual violence: a literature review of empirical research’, Trauma, Violence, and Abuse.

Henry, N & Powell, A (2016) ''Sexual violence in the digital age: the scope and limits of criminal law’, Social & Legal Studies.

Powell, A & Henry, N (2016) 'Policing technology-facilitated sexual violence against adult victims: police and service sector perspectives', Policing & Society.

Powell, A & Henry, N (2015) Digital harassment and abuse of adult Australians: a summary report, Tech & Me Project, RMIT University and La Trobe University.

Henry, N & Powell, A (2015) ‘Embodied harms: gender, shame and technology-facilitated sexual violence in cyberspace’, Violence Against Women, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 758-779.

Henry, N & Powell, A (2015) ‘Beyond the sext: technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment against adult women’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 104-118.

Powell, A & Henry, N (2014) ‘Blurred lines? Responding to “sexting” and gender-based violence among young people’, Children Australia, vol. 39, pp. 119-124.

Henry, N & Powell, A (2014) ‘The dark side of the virtual world: towards a digital sexual ethics’, in N Henry & A Powell (eds), Preventing sexual violence: interdisciplinary approaches to overcoming a rape culture, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Powell, A & Henry, N (2014) 'More than revenge: when intimate images are posted online', 20 October 2014, The Conversation.

This project is funded by the Australian Research Council, DP130103094, 2013-2015 ($230,000).


For further information about this project, please contact:

Dr Nicola Henry
Department of Social Inquiry
La Trobe University
T: +61 3 9479 2476