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Digital dating abuse in Australia: Young women’s response and management strategies


With so much of young people's lives engaged online and through technology, the experience of abusive digital dating behaviour can be distinctly impactful on the everyday lives of this group. While we know reported rates of digital dating abuse are extremely high, very little is known about how young women manage and respond to experiences of digital dating abuse.


This study aims to better understand how young women are managing and responding to experiences of digital dating abuse. The study wants to find out the strategies utilised, the results and impacts of these response strategies, and how young women feel they could be better supported.


The data collection for this project includes interviews with around 20 young Australian women (aged 18-25) with experiences of feeling "uncomfortable, uneasy, or unsafe" by the behaviours of a dating partner on social media, apps, or other online spaces.


This research aims to contribute much needed findings to policymakers, practitioners and platforms about how young women can be better supported when experiencing digital dating abuse.

Funding Body

Victorian Higher Education Insurance Fund (VHEIF), PhD Candidature

Project start date

April 2023

Expected completion date

April 2024
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