Professor Nicola Henry

Professor Nicola Henry is 2021 ARC Future Fellow and 2017 Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow at the RMIT Social & Global Studies Centre.

Nicola is a socio-legal scholar with over 20 years’ research experience in the sexual violence field. Her research investigates the extent, nature and impacts of sexual violence and harassment, including legal and prevention responses in Australian and international contexts. Her research on technology-facilitated sexual violence and image-based sexual abuse (colloquially known as "revenge porn") has had a significant impact on law, policy and educational reform, including legislative change in multiple Australian jurisdictions. She is a Member of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner's eSafety Advisory Group, as well as the RMIT Women's Research Network. She is an International Editorial Member for Violence Against Women and the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. She is also Research Associate at West Virginia University.

Nicola's books include: War and Rape: Law, Memory and Justice (2011: Routledge); Preventing Sexual Violence: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Overcoming a Rape Culture (2014: Palgrave Macmillan; co-edited with A. Powell); Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law (2015: Palgrave Macmillan; co-edited with A. Powell & A. Flynn); Sexual Violence in a Digital Age (2017: Palgrave Macmillan; co-authored with A. Powell); Image-Based Sexual Abuse: A Study of the Causes and Consequences of Non-Consensual Nude or Sexual Imagery (2021: Routledge; co-authored with C. McGlynn, A. Flynn, K. Johnson, A. Powell & A. Scott); and The Emerald Handbook on Technology-Facilitated Violence and Abuse (2021: Emerald; co-edited with J. Bailey & A. Flynn).

Nicola is a Chief Investigator on a Criminology Research Grant on anonymous and confidential reporting platforms for sexual assault survivors (led by A/Prof Heydon, RMIT University) and was previously Chief Investigator two ARC Discovery projects, two other Criminology Research Grants, and a range of other projects.

Nicola is currently working on an ARC Future Fellowship on digital platforms and image-based sexual abuse (2021-25).

Projects

Detecting, preventing and responding to image-based abuse: ARC Future Fellowship (2021 to 2025)

This project aims to investigate the efficacy of digital tools and interventions to detect, prevent and respond to image-based abuse (IBA), that is, the non-consensual creation or distribution of intimate images.

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Detecting, preventing and responding to image-based abuse: ARC Future Fellowship (2021 to 2025)

This project aims to investigate the efficacy of digital tools and interventions to detect, prevent and respond to image-based abuse (IBA), that is, the non-consensual creation or distribution of intimate images.

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Professor Nicola Henry

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.