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Technology-facilitated Abuse: Extent, nature and responses in the Australian community

Project length
25 months

Australian research has shown that the use of technology to perpetrate violence against women is a rapidly growing and serious problem.


Though the research both nationally and internationally is developing, there are several key gaps in our current knowledge. Specifically, little is known about the extent of women’s experiences of technology-facilitated abuse; or the nature and relational contexts of women’s experiences of technology-facilitated abuse (which can inform prevention and the provision of support services).

Further, little is known about the extent of technology-facilitated abuse perpetration; or the attitudinal and other correlates of technology-facilitated abuse perpetration that might be targeted in prevention and response programs.

In light of these current knowledge gaps, this research project aims to:

  • establish reliable national prevalence rates for the adult victimisation and perpetration of key forms of technology-facilitated abuse, including online sexual harassment, stalking, partner violence and image-based sexual abuse
  • understand the lived experiences and help-seeking patterns of women victim-survivors of technology-facilitated abuse, and identify any currently available (or needed) help-seeking remedies
  • understand the nature and characteristics of perpetration of technology-facilitated abuse
  • provide an evidence base that could inform practice innovation and further development of prevention and responses to technology-facilitated abuse.

The research will also identify how can we more effectively disrupt, prevent and respond to technology-facilitated abuse.

This project adopts a mixed-method research design, comprising a sector survey, formative qualitative research interviews and a national survey of technology-facilitated victimisation and perpetration.


Researchers

Project lead

Dr Asher Flynn, Associate Professor, Criminology, Monash University

Research team

Dr Anastasia Powell, Associate Professor, Criminology, RMIT University

Research partners

The project will include an Advisory Group comprising Our Watch, Domestic Violence Resource Centre, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, Rainbow Health, Transgender Victoria, Women’s Disability Victoria, Sexual Assault Support Service and the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner, alongside representatives from the technology, legal and policing sectors across Australia.

Budget

$294,031 (excluding GST)

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