About VDAWnet

The Violence and Discrimination Against Women Research Network (VDAWnet) seeks to promote research excellence in areas including sexual violence, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence and sex-based discrimination against women. Established in 2010 by Dr Anastasia Powell and Dr Nicola Henry at La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia), VDAWnet provides an opportunity for researchers with an interest in these areas to link-up, discuss research interests and recent issue developments, as well as share information relating to potential funding sources and future projects.

The highlight of our event calendar is the annual colloquium, which brings together expert researchers to present on a specific issue of violence or discrimination against women. For more information on our upcoming 2013 colloquium, see our events page.

Network Coordinators

Dr Anastasia Powell is a lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies and an associate of the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her research has specialised on policy and prevention concerning violence against women. Anastasia 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). She has also contributed to policy specific research for the Victorian State Government and to a number of projects commissioned by VicHealth. Currently, Anastasia is undertaking an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project with Dr Nicola Henry (La Trobe University) on technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment.


Dr Nicola Henry  is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, Politics and Legal Studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Her research is focused on sexual violence and victimisation discourse in both international and domestic criminal justice realms. Nicola has a specific interest in examining the power and politics of the law, the contested role of law in constructing or contributing to a “collective memory” of the past, and the legal constructions of traumatic memory. Her first book, War and Rape: Law, Memory and Justice, was published with Routledge in 2011. This book examines the historical silencing of rape throughout international legal history; the limits and potentials of law to restore these silenced histories; and the violence and gendering of law and legal practice. Nicola is currently undertaking an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project with Dr Anastasia Powell (RMIT University) on technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment.