On this page we have a list of relevant research around the intersection of technology and violence against women.
- Harris, B. & Woodlock, D. Technology and Domestic and Family Violence: Victimisation, Perpetration and Responses. (2023). doi: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429316098.
National Tech Abuse Surveys
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria. ReCharge: Women’s Technology Safety, Legal Resources, Research & Training: National Study Findings. 1–24 http://www.smartsafe.org.au/sites/default/files/National-study-findings-2015.pdf (2015).
Woodlock, D. et al. Second National Survey of Technology Abuse and Domestic Violence in Australia. 1–72 https://wesnet.org.au/2ndnatsurvey (2020).
Woodlock, D. Technology-facilitated Stalking: Findings and Recommendations from the SmartSafe Project. http://smartsafe.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/SmartSafe-Findings-Booklet.pdf (2013).
Dragiewicz, M. et al. Technology Facilitated Coercive Control: Domestic violence and the competing roles of digital media platforms. Feminist Media Studies 18, 609–625 (2018).
Fiolet, R., Brown, C., Wellington, M., Bentley, K. & Hegarty, K. Exploring the Impact of TechnologyFacilitated Abuse and Its Relationship with Domestic Violence: A Qualitative Study on Experts’ Perceptions. Global Qualitative Nursing Research 8, 1–8 (2021).
Freed, D. et al. A Stalker’s Paradise. in 1–13 (2018). doi:10.1145/3173574.3174241.
Tanczer, L. M., López-Neira, I. & Parkin, S. ‘I feel like we’re really behind the game’: perspectives of the United Kingdom’s intimate partner violence support sector on the rise of technology-facilitated abuse. J Gender-based Violence (2021) doi:10.1332/239868021×16290304343529.
Woodlock, D. The Abuse of Technology in Domestic Violence and Stalking. Violence Against Women 23, 584–602 (2017).
Woodlock, D., McKenzie, M. & Western, D. Technology as a Weapon in Domestic Violence: Responding to Digital Coercive Control. Australian Social Work 0, 1–13 (2019).
First Nation Women
Carlson, B. (2020). Love and hate at the Cultural Interface: Indigenous Australians and dating apps. Journal of Sociology, 56(2), 133–150. doi:10.1177/1440783319833181
Harris, B. & Woodlock, D. ‘You Can’t Actually Escape It’: Policing the Use of Technology in Domestic Violence in Rural Australia. Int J Crime Justice Soc Democr 11, 135–148 (2022).
Women with Disabilities
Woodlock, D. & Harris, B. ‘You have to be really careful’: technology and the abuse of women with intellectual and cognitive disabilities. Disabil Soc 1–21 (2022) doi:10.1080/09687599.2022.2114886.
Immigrant, Refugee and Non-English Speaking Women
Henry, N., Vasil, S., Flynn, A., Kellard, K. & Mortreux, C. Technology-Facilitated Domestic Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women: A Qualitative Study. J Interpers Violence 37, NP12634–NP12660 (2022).
Zamora, C. L., Boddy, J., O’Leary, P. & Liang, J. Technology-Facilitated Abuse Against Women From Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds: A Scoping Review of the Literature. Trauma Violence Abus 15248380221098044 (2022) doi:10.1177/15248380221098045.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner. eSafety for Women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds: Summary Report. https://www.esafety.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-07/summary-report-for-women-from-cald-backgrounds.pdf (2019).
Tech for Good
Renee, F. et al. Indigenous Perspectives on Using Technology as a Supportive Resource When Experiencing Family Violence. Journal of Technology in Human Services 0, 1–23 (2020).
Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence
Henry, N. & Powell, A. Beyond the “sext”: Technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment against adult women. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology 48, 104–118 (2015).
Powell, A. New technologies, unauthorised visual images and sexual assault. 1–7 (2009).
Further Recommended Reading
Here’s a selection of the Research and Papers relevant to the work we do.
- Berg, C. & Breheny, S., 2014. A social problem, not a technological problem Institute of Public Affairs,, ed., Institute of Public Affairs.
- Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, 2015. ReCharge: Women’s Technology Safety, Legal Resources, Research & Training: National Study Findings, Melbourne. Available here: http://www.dvrcv.org.au/knowledge-centre/our-research/current-research
- Douglas, H., Dragiewicz, M. & Harris, B., 2019. Technology-facilitated Domestic and Family Violence: Women’s Experiences. The British Journal of Criminology, 59(3), pp.551–570
- Dragiewicz, M. et al., 2018. Technology Facilitated Coercive Control: Domestic violence and the competing roles of digital media platforms. Feminist Media Studies, 18(4), pp.609–625.
- Fraser, C. et al., 2010. The New Age of Stalking: Technological Implications for Stalking. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 61(4), pp.39–55.
- Freed, D. et al., 2018. A Stalker’s Paradise. In the 2018 CHI Conference. New York, New York, USA: ACM Press, pp. 1–13.
- Hand, T., Chung, D. & Peters, M., 2009. The Use of Information and Communication Technologies to Coerce and Control in Domestic Violence and Following Separation Australian Domestic Family Violence Clearinghouse, ed., Sydney: Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse Stakeholder Paper.
- Henry, N., Powell, A. & Powell, A., 2015. Beyond the “sext”: Technology-facilitated sexual violence and harassment against adult women. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 48(1), pp.104–118.
- Lee, K., 2016. Technology Abuse: It’s Still About Power & Control. WMC Speech Project, pp.1–4. Available at: wmcspeechproject.com/2016/02/11/technology-abuse-its-still-about-power-control/.
- National Network to End Domestic Violence, 2018. Tech Abuse: Information from the Field. Techsafety.org. Available at: https://www.techsafety.org/blog/2018/9/12/tech-abuse-information-from-the-field.
- Powell, A. & Henry, N., 2014. The Dark Side of Virtual. In Preventing Sexual Violence: Towards a Digital Sexual Ethics. Basingstoke, UK.
- Southworth, C. et al., 2007. Intimate Partner Violence, Technology, and Stalking. Violence Against Women 13(8), pp.842–856.
- Southworth, C. et al., 2006. An High-Tech Twist On Abuse: Technology, Intimate Partner Stalking and Advocacy. Violence Against Women Online Resources, pp.1–16.
- Woodlock, D., 2013. Technology-facilitated Stalking: Findings and Recommendations from the SmartSafe Project, Collingwood: Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.
- Woodlock, D. & Harris, B., 2018. Digital Coercive Control: Insights from Two Landmark Domestic Violence Studies. The British Journal of Criminology, 23, pp.77–48.