Migrant women and technology-facilitated domestic abuse 

QUT Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre members Dr. Bridget Harris and Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz published a Conversation piece with Professor Heather Douglas from The University of Queensland School of Law on 1 February 2019.

Migrant women are particularly vulnerable to technology-facilitated domestic abuse discussed findings from the article Technology-Facilitated Domestic and Family Violence: Women’s Experiences.

Migrant women who are affected by domestic violence may be especially vulnerable to technology-facilitated abuse due to factors like limitations on work and social support, distance from supportive family and friends, and language barriers. Funding for services and support as well as policy changes are needed to address this problem.

eSafetywomen has developed a set of seven guides to help women assess their own tech safety needs, available in several languages.

eSafetywomen also provides training for frontline DV workers and a suite of educational materials about technology safety is available via their website.

In Queensland, Immigrant Women Support Service provides free confidential, support to immigrant and refugee women from non-English speaking backgrounds and their children affected by domestic and sexual violence.

WESNET’s Safety Net Australia initiative also offers resources for women affected by technology facilitated abuse and professionals who work with them.

 

 

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