Briefing Paper Series

New Release: QUT Centre for Justice Briefing Paper Series – Technology Facilitated Violence

QUT Centre for Justice is proud to release a three-paper Briefing Paper Series around the topic of Technology Facilitated Violence.

This is the first time the Centre has released a series that has been wholly authored by our current and former HDR students, based on their PhD research.

The first paper, by Rahul Sinha-Roy, discusses “Gay dating app-related blackmail:  Anatomy, contexts and risk factors”, Rahul provides examples of this kind of abuse using case studies within an Indian context and explores how technology and socio-political factors influence such abuse.

Gisella Lopes Pinto Ferreira explores digital dating abuse of adolescents in her paper titled “Understanding adolescent digital dating abuse vicitimisation in Australia and Brazil”, highlighting that technology is the most common means of perpetrating dating abuse against young women.

And Sahana Sarkar examines the “Experiences of backlash against women in the form of technology-facilitated sexual violence in India”.  This paper outlines how survivors received backlash for expressing their opinions on social media in the form of sexual abuse, physical violence and intimidation, and how the marginalised identity of the survivors amplified the intensity of the backlash.

The use of technology to facilitate violence is not a new phenomenon.  These papers review this aspect of violence within specific communities, and against the context of India, Australia and Brazil.  In each paper, the authors call on the need for education and awareness around technology facilitated violence to address the serious impacts of this socio-political problem.

This series was co-ordinated by Dr Laura Vitis.  Dr Vitis’ research focuses on how technology is used to facilitate and respond to gendered, sexual and intimate partner violence.

Find out more about QUT Centre for Justice here, and see more of our Briefing Paper Series here.


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