More than revenge: when intimate images are posted online

“Revenge porn”. It’s when a partner or ex-partner posts nude or intimate pictures or videos online and without consent. And in the absence of better laws, perpetrators are largely getting away with it.

The media and public responses to the issue have been slowly shifting. Where once it was common to blame and shame victims for taking nude or sexy pictures in the first place, now there are calls to hold the perpetrators of these sexual violations responsible for their actions.

The harm to victims

Victims describe feeling sexually violated when they discover their images have been posted online. In fact, like other forms of sexual violence, emerging evidence suggests that it is most often women and girls who experience this kind of victimisation. And, like our attitudes to sexual violence generally, too often we have blamed and shamed the victim while ignoring or minimising the actions of the perpetrator.

Read more at The Conversation…

Book Release- ‘Domestic Violence: Australian Public Policy’

Thirty years ago, the New South Wales Task Force on Domestic Violence identified domestic violence as ‘a deep-seated national problem’. Advertising campaigns in the intervening years have advised us to say ‘no’ to violence and explained where, if we experienced domestic violence, we could get assistance. However, we know that domestic violence has not been eliminated.

Today, around a third of women experience violence from their partner, but has violence been reduced? What policies and programs have been put in place to tackle the problem? This book provides some answers to these questions. Suellen Murray and Anastasia Powell review public policy responses to domestic violence in Australia. They consider how domestic violence has been understood and the policy approaches that have been taken.

This book is a foundational text which illuminates and questions our responses to domestic violence in Australia. It will be a ‘must read’ for all those working in the domestic violence field internationally.
– Professor Cathy Humphreys, University of Melbourne 

An important and timely contribution to the field ofdomestic violence policy.
– Heather Nancarrow, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research

Read more at Australian Scholarly Publishing…

Book Release- ‘Sex Power and Consent’

Sex Power and Consent

Sex, Power and Consent

Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules



1. Introduction: rewriting the rules?
2. Generation y: problematic representations of ‘youth’ and ‘sex’
3. Sex: the ‘new’ rules of engagement
4. Power: framing sexual violence in young people’s everyday encounters
5. Consent: negotiating consensual sex
6. Technology: unauthorised sexual images and sexual violence
7. Education: sex, power and consent in schools
8. Prevention: policy, programs and practical strategies
9. Conclusion: rewriting the rules, preventing sexual violence

Reviews of ‘Sex Power and Consent’

‘ … this is a terrific book: really well-written and very engaging, full of useful, cogently expressed ideas about what is going on with young people and sex right now and how things might be improved. It has the capacity to make an important intervention and a strong impact, in part because it moves so well across fields and therefore has a wide readership, and in part because it addresses so many pressing current issues … The strongest aspects of the book are its topic and the freshness, openness and interdisciplinarity in its approach, its fantastic readability, and its careful attention to the discursive regimes within which young people operate as sexual actors.’

-Anita Harris, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland