Funded Projects

Responding to Revenge Pornography: The scope, nature and impacts of Australian laws (2016 to 2017)
Funded by an Australian Criminology Research Council grant: My role on this project is to lead the development and implementation of Australia’s first national survey of the nature and prevalence of image-based sexual abuse (also known as ‘revenge pornography’). The broader project, led by Dr Nicola Henry (La Trobe University) and in collaboration with Dr Asher Flynn (Monash University), investigates this rapidly emerging social harm from the perspectives of key stakeholders (such as legal services, police and support agencies) as well as the experiences of victims of image-based sexual violence.
Crime and justice by social media – DECRA Project (2016 to 2018)
Funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA): The way our society engages in public debate on key social and political issues has been dramatically transformed by the participation enabled by social media technologies. This DECRA project is the first Australian in-depth study in the vibrant new field of crime, justice and social media scholarship. The project examines the nature, influence and impact of citizens’ engagement with crime and justice via social media. The significance and innovation of this project lies in its systematic examination of the contradictory promises, perils and tensions of such citizen engagements, which have the potential to facilitate democratic deliberation on crime and justice, as well as injustice, punitiveness and vigilantism.
Technology facilitated sexual violence and harassment (2013 to 2015)
Funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant: Technology facilitated sexual violence and harassment is a serious issue that disproportionately affects women and young people. It includes behaviours such as: the distribution of unauthorised sexual images; images of sexual assault; online sexual harassment; and gender-based hate speech. This study was the first comprehensive analysis of the characteristics and prevalence of technology facilitated sexual violence and harassment in Australia. The study examined the challenges these new harms pose for civil and criminal law. A book based on this research, “Sex, Violence and Justice in the Digital Era” is forthcoming in 2017 (with co-Investigator, Dr Nicola Henry).
‘More than Ready: Bystander Action to Prevent Violence Against Women’ (2012)
Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. This project examines the willingness of Victorians to intervene as bystanders when they witness sexism and discrimination towards women. The full research report is available from VicHealth.
‘Alcohol and Interpersonal Violence’ (2009-2010)
Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. This VicHealth project involved a systematic review of the literature and other evidence regarding the contributing effect of alcohol to the perpetration of violence against women.
‘Australian Domestic Violence Public Policy: History, Discourse and Impact’ (2006-2008)
Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University. Chief Investigator: Dr Suellen Murray. This ARC funded project investigated the development and impact of domestic violence policy in Australia over the past twenty years. Through a combination of textual analysis and interviews with key policy makers, the research documents the history of public policy responses to domestic violence in Australia and analyses the range of approaches and their implications over this time. My role on this project involved document analysis, literature reviews, conference presentations and contributing to project publications.
Preventing Violence Before it Occurs’ (2006-2007)
Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). This VicHealth project conducted a systematic literature review to inform a framework for the primary prevention of violence against women in Victoria. My role on this project was conducting the identification and review of literature and managing a literature database.
Evaluation Framework for the Victorian Family Violence Reform Initiative’ (2007)
Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University. The Victorian Family Violence Reform Initiative (FVRI) involves a $35 million commitment from the Victorian Government to improve women’s and children’s safety and hold perpetrators of domestic violence accountable.On this project I have worked with an interdisciplinary team of researchers (including evaluation researchers and sociologists) to provide a criminological perspective in the design of the evaluation framework.