Technology-facilitated sexual harassment in the workplace: Perpetration, responses and prevention
This project will explore the behaviours, characteristics and specific drivers of WTFSH, focusing on young people and women, who are disproportionately impacted by WTFSH. This project aims to:
- identify the nature and drivers of WTFSH perpetration
- examine industry (technology provider) strategies to prevent, detect and respond to WTFSH
- produce evidence-based, policy-relevant recommendations that could inform responses to, prevention of, and practice innovation regarding WTFSH.
This project incorporates qualitative and quantitative methodologies across three key stages:
In-depth, qualitative interviews conducted with technology platform providers and online safety experts
A national survey of adult perpetrators’ (18 to 65 years) engagement in WTFSH
Online focus group discussions with young adults (18 to 39 years) using WTFSH scenarios involving young people and women, to prompt discussion of current laws, policy, tools, responses and support avenues relating to the detection, punishment and prevention of WTFSH.
This project will generate new knowledge and evidence of WTFSH perpetration for policymakers and stakeholders.
The project will help identify ways to improve resources to support victims and survivors and society more broadly, as well as evidence-based knowledge to prevent WTFSH through education and awareness-raising methods. The research reports produced from this project will also assist technology providers, organisations and governments to develop protocols and evidence-based policy to prevent, detect and respond to WTFSH.
Dr Asher Flynn, Associate Professor of Criminology, Monash University
Dr Anastasia Powell, Associate Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies, RMIT University
The project will include an advisory group who represent and service women and young people from diverse demographic backgrounds, and key policy and safety stakeholders working within technology platforms across Australia.
$170,000 (excluding GST)
This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.