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Adolescent girls’ digital dating abuse victimisation in Australia and Brazil


Digital dating abuse is increasingly recognised as a global social and health issue, particularly among young people, the most digitally connected age cohort. To date, much research on this topic comes predominantly from North American and European countries and, internationally, scholars have not always paid attention to the gendered dimension of adolescent digital dating abuse victimisation and perpetration.


This study sets out to identify digital dating behaviours and their impacts on young women that experienced these behaviours during adolescence and investigate young women’s perceptions of these behaviours.


  • Cross-country qualitative design
  • Semi-structured interviews with 20 young adult women aged 18-21 years about their experiences of digital dating abuse during adolescence (12-19 years) in Queensland and the same number of participants in Brazil.


My research will allow us:
  • to better understand these experiences and impacts on young women’s lives
  • amplify young women’s voices from Australia and Brazil in this urgent conversation about digital dating abuse
  • and contribute to a more gender equal world, where young women can feel safer when using technology in their dating relationships.

Project start date

January 2021

Expected completion date

November 2024
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