Image-based sexual abuse (“revenge pornography”)
Access to Justice
Asher’s research utilises a socio-legal framework to understand, critique and transform legal policy and practice, with a particular focus on gendered violence. Informed by national and international context, her research examines how accessing justice is negotiated. Asher has published widely in the areas of sexual violence, access to justice, plea negotiations and prosecutorial discretion, and has contributed to policy specific research and law reform in the areas of sexual violence and homicide.
Asher is Co-Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, “Revenge Pornography: The prevalence and nature of non-consensual imagery and the implications for law reform,” and an Australian Criminology Research Council Grant, “Responding to Revenge Pornography: The scope, nature and impact of Australian Criminal Laws.” These are the first projects to conduct a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative analysis of image-based sexual abuse across Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.