Antonia Quadara

Antonia Quadara

Research Fellow
Australian Institute of Family Studies
BA(Hons) (Melb), PhD (Melb)

Dr Antonia Quadara is a Research Fellow at the Institute. She currently manages the Sexual Violence Research (SVR) team and prior to this was manager of the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA).

Antonia has been undertaking research in violence against women, women's policy and criminal justice policy since 1999 when she completed a thesis on the treatment of Aboriginal sexual assault victim/survivors by the trial process. Her PhD, completed in 2006, explored the adult entertainment industry, women's safety and public space in public policy. She was a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Criminology (University of Melbourne) from 2001 before beginning at the Institute.

Antonia has a strong background in qualitative research methods, stakeholder engagement and consultation, and extensive experience in the writing, development and production of publications and resources for policy and service sectors involved in responding to sexual violence. Antonia's specialist research areas included: cirminal justice responses to violence against women, feminist frameworks sexuality and sexual violence, sex work in Australia, sexual assault prevention and public policy development in women's safety and violence prevention.

Selected publications

Quadara, A., Nagy, V., Higgins, D. & Siegel, N. (2015). Conceptualising the prevention of child sexual abuse: Final report (Research Report No. 33). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Quadara, A. (2014). Prosecuting child sexual abuse: The role of social science evidence. In A. Hayes & D. Higgins (Eds.), Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Wall, L., & Quadara, A. (2014). Under the influence? Considering the role of alcohol and sexual assault in social contexts. (ACSSA Issues No. 18). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Bluett-Boyd, N., Fileborn, B., Quadara, A., & Moore, S. (2013). The role of emerging communication technologies in experiences of sexual violence: A new legal frontier? (AIFS Research Report No. 23). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Quadara, A., Fileborn, B., & Parkinson, D. (2013). The role of forensic medical evidence in the prosecution of adult sexual assault (ACSSA Issues No. 15). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Quadara, A. (2012). The ‘problem of tabletop dancing'. In P. Johnson & D. Dalton Policing Sex. London: Routledge.

Quadara, A., & Wall, L. (2012). What is effective primary prevention in sexual assault? Translating the evidence for action (ACSSA Wrap No. 11). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Tarczon, C., & Quadara, A. (2012). The nature and extent of sexual assault and abuse in Australia (ACSSA Resorce Sheet No. 5). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Quadara, A. (2010). Insights into sexual perpetration: Giving voice to victim/survivors' knowledge (AIFS Research Report No. 18). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Quadara, A. (2008). Sex workers and sexual assault in Australia: Prevalence, risk and safety. ACSSA Issues 8. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Morrison, Z., Quadara,  A., & Boyd, C. (2007). "Ripple effects" of sexual assault. ACSSA Issues 7. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.