Dr Nicola Henry is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University.
Nicola's research focuses on the prevalence, nature and impacts of sexual violence and harassment, including the legal and non-legal responses in Australian and international contexts. Her research has been largely situated in three socio-legal and criminology fields: (1) transitional and post-conflict justice; (2) rape law reform and primary prevention; and (3) technology-facilitated sexual violence. Her research is interdisciplinary, drawing on mixed-methods approaches within multidisciplinary teams. 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/Prof Anastasia Powell), Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law (2015: Palgrave Macmillan; co-edited with A/Prof Powell and A/Prof Asher Flynn), and Sexual Violence in a Digital Age (2017; Palgrave Macmillan; co-authored with A/Prof Powell). Nicola has another co-authored book coming out in early 2020 on image-based sexual abuse (with Routledge).
Nicola is lead Chief Investigator of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project on image-based sexual abuse (also known as "revenge pornography") in Australia, the UK and New Zealand (2017-20) with A/Prof Asher Flynn (Monash University), A/Prof Anastasia Powell (RMIT University), Prof Clare McGlynn (Durham University, UK), Prof Erika Rackley (University of Kent, UK), Prof Nicola Gavey (University of Auckland, NZ) and Dr Adrian Scott (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK). She is also Chief Investigator on a Criminology Research Grant on bystander intervention and image-based sexual abuse with A/Prof Flynn (2019-20). Previously Nicola was Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project on technology-facilitated sexual violence with A/Prof Powell (2013-15) and lead Chief Investigator of a Criminology Research Grant examining image-based abuse in the Australian context with A/Prof Flynn and A/Prof Powell (2016-17).
Her other recent research projects have been on rape law reform; gender, sexuality and disadvantage; and sexual violence and civil society war crimes tribunals.
- BA (Hons, first class) (University of Canterbury, NZ))
- MA (University of Canterbury, NZ)
- PhD (University of Melbourne)
2 PhD Current Supervisions
- Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2019). Technology-facilitated sexual violence victimization results from an online survey of Australian adults In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34, 3637 - 3665
- Powell, A.,Henry, N.,Flynn, A.,Scott, A. (2019). Image-based sexual abuse: The extent, nature, and predictors of perpetration in a community sample of Australian adults In: Computers in Human Behavior, 92, 393 - 402
- Henry, N.,Flynn, A. (2019). Image-Based Sexual Abuse: Online Distribution Channels and Illicit Communities of Support In: Violence Against Women, , 1 - 24
- Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2018). Policing technology-facilitated sexual violence against adult victims: police and service sector perspectives In: Policing and Society, 28, 291 - 307
- Flynn, A.,Henry, N.,Powell, A. (2018). Policing image-based sexual abuse: stakeholder perspectives In: Police Practice and Research, 19, 565 - 581
- Powell, A.,Henry, N.,Flynn, A. (2018). Image-based sexual abuse In: Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology, Routledge, New York, United States
- Powell, A.,Scott, A.,Henry, N. (2018). Digital harassment and abuse: Experiences of sexuality and gender minority adults In: European Journal of Criminology, , 1 - 25
- Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2017). Sexual Violence in a Digital Age, Palgrave Macmillan, London, United Kingdom
- Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2017). Sexual violence and harassment in the digital era In: The Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
- Stepakoff, S.,Henry, N.,Barrie, N.,Kamara, A. (2017). A trauma-informed approach to the protection and support of witnesses in international tribunals: ten guiding principles In: Journal of Human Rights Practice, 9, 268 - 286
- Improving the Safety of Women and Girls on Public Transport (administered by La Trobe University). Funded by: Department of Premier and Cabinet Research Project from (2019 to 2020)
- Preventing Image-Based Cybercrime: The role of bystanders (administered by Monash University). Funded by: Criminology Research Grants 2016 onwards from (2019 to 2020)
- Revenge pornography: The implications for law reform. Funded by: 010-ARC Discovery Projects 2017 from (2017 to 2020)
- Responding to Revenge Pornography: The Scope, Nature and Impact of Australian Criminal Laws. Funded by: Criminology Research Council Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2017)