Digital media and domestic violence in Australia: essential contexts

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  • 1 Griffith University, Australia
  • | 2 Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • | 3 University of New England, Australia
  • | 4 University of New South Wales, Australia
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Domestic violence is a pervasive social problem in Australia. Digital media are increasingly integral to its dynamics. Technology-facilitated coercive control (TFCC) is a form of gender-based violence. This article examines domestic violence survivors’ experiences with TFCC, drawing on interviews with 20 Australian women. Study results enhance understanding of how abusers use digital media. We highlight four key contexts for understanding the role of technology in domestic violence: the coercive and controlling relationship, separation abuse, co-parenting and survivors’ safety work. These contexts provide insight into the dynamics of TFCC and illuminate key differences between this and other forms of online abuse.

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  • 1 Griffith University, Australia
  • | 2 Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • | 3 University of New England, Australia
  • | 4 University of New South Wales, Australia

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