Dr Anastasia Powell is lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies and an associate member of the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) at RMIT.
Anastasia teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate subjects including Crime and Information Technology and Law and Criminal Justice Policy. Anastasia has interests in policy and prevention concerning violence against women as well as the role of ICTs in sexual violence, harassment and hate-speech.
Anastasia’s research has specialised on policy and prevention concerning violence against women. She has published widely in these fields including two books: Sex, Power and Consent: Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Domestic Violence: Australian Public Policy co-authored with Dr Suellen Murray (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011). Anastasia has also contributed to policy specific research for the Victorian State Government and to a number of projects commissioned by VicHealth.
Currently, Anastasia is a chief investigator with Dr Nicola Henry (La Trobe University) on an ARC Discovery Project ’Technology Facilitated Sexual Violence and Harassment: Violence Against Women in Cyberspace and the Implications for Reform’ (DP130103094). She is also working on projects regarding rape law reform, sexual violence prevention and community attitudes to violence against women.
PhD Criminology (The University of Melbourne)
Anastasia has undertaken numerous commissioned projects for government and non-government organisations including; Department of Justice (Victoria), Office of Women’s Policy (Victoria), Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), Australian Domestic Violence Clearinghouse, and Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault.
She was formerly employed as a policy officer in the Department of Justice (Victoria)
Professional links and associations
Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
Member of the Law and Society Association
Member of the Australian Sociological Association
Co-founder and committee member of the Violence and Discrimination Against Women Research Network (VDAWnet) Australia
- Hanley, N.,Fileborn, B.,Larcombe, W.,Henry, N.,Powell, A. (2016). (In Press) Improving the law reform process: Opportunities for empirical qualitative research? In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, , 1 - 18
- Heydon, G.,Powell, A. (2016). Written-response interview protocols: an innovative approach to confidential reporting and victim interviewing in sexual assault investigations In: Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, , 1 - 16
- Henry, N.,Powell, A. (2016). Technology-facilitated sexual violence a literature review of empirical research In: Trauma, Violence and Abuse, , 1 - 14
- Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2016). Policing technology-facilitated sexual violence against adult victims: police and service sector perspectives In: Policing and Society, , 1 - 17
- Henry, N.,Powell, A. (2016). Sexual Violence in the Digital Age: The Scope and Limits of Criminal Law In: Social and Legal Studies, 25, 397 - 418
- Larcombe, W.,Fileborn, B.,Powell, A.,Hanley, N.,Henry, N. (2016). 'I Think it's Rape and I Think He Would be Found Not Guilty'Focus Group Perceptions of (un) Reasonable Belief in Consent in Rape Law In: Social & Legal Studies, , 1 - 19
- Powell, A. (2015). Seeking informal justice online: vigilantism, activism and resisting a rape culture in cyberspace In: Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, United Kingdom
- Powell, A. (2015). Young women, activism and the 'politics of (sexual) choice': Are Australian youth cultures post-feminist? In: Youth Cultures and Subcultures: Australian Perspectives, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Surrey, United Kingdom
- Larcombe, W.,Fileborn, B.,Powell, A.,Henry, N.,Hanley, N. (2015). Reforming the Legal Definition of Rape in Victoria - What Do Stakeholders Think? In: Queensland University of Technology Law Review, 15, 30 - 49
- Powell, A.,Sandy, L.,Findling, J. (2015). Promising practices in workplace and organisational approaches for the prevention of violence against women In: OurWatch Melbourne, Australia
- Crime and Justice by Social Media: Citizen engagements with justice online . Funded by: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 2016 from (2016 to 2018)
- Responding to Revenge Pornography: The Scope, Nature and Impact of Australian Criminal Laws (Administered by La Trobe University). Funded by: Criminology Research Council Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2017)
- Technology facilitated sexual violence and harassment: violence against women in cyberspace and the implications for legislative and policy reform. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2013 from (2013 to 2015)
3 PhD Current Supervisions