As a socio-legal scholar, Dr Nicola Henry's research focuses on sexual violence, including sexual assault and rape on campus, rape law reform, wartime rape and sexual violence and sexual harassment.
sexual violence, gender, digital technologies, social justice, transitional justice, rape law reform
Dr Henry investigates the prevalence, nature and impacts of sexual violence. Her current research on technology-facilitated sexual violence focuses on the non-consensual distribution of intimate images (known as ‘revenge pornography’), the recording and distribution of sexual assault images, the use of online dating and social media sites to facilitate rape/sexual assault, and online sexual harassment (including sexual solicitation, gender-based hate speech, image-based harassment and rape threats).
Dr Henry adopts a social justice approach to her research. She is interested in social, legal and political change at national and international levels in ways that will directly benefit victim-survivors of sexual violence. Her work also provides practical recommendations for improving victim support services and informing prevention, education and awareness campaigns.
Dr Henry joins RMIT from La Trobe University, where her research focused on sexual violence and justice. She earned her PhD in 2005 from the University of Melbourne for her work on sexual violence and international war crimes trials. She has published widely in the sexual violence and social justice fields, including editing and authoring four books.
Dr Henry was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship in 2017 and is based in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.