This project aims to investigate one of Australia’s most pressing social problems: domestic violence and the emerging use of digital technology to enact and escalate abuse and stalking. Technology-facilitated domestic violence threatens psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing and safety (and signifies risk of homicide), and so warrants attention. Justice systems have a crucial role to play in preventing technology-facilitated violence and safeguarding and empowering victim/survivors. This timely project seeks to assess existing State responses to and regulation of such harms. It expects to provide an evidence base to enhance and develop innovative policing and judicial policy and practice, with benefits to communities and economies.
DMRC Research Program
This project contributes to the research within the following DMRC research program:
- Harris, Bridget & Woodlock, Delanie (2022) ‘You Can’t Actually Escape It’: Policing the Use of Technology in Domestic Violence in Rural Australia. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 11(1), pp. 135-148.
- Harris, Bridget & Woodlock, Delanie (2022) Spaceless violence: Women’s experiences of technology-facilitated domestic violence in regional, rural and remote areas. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 644, Article number: 6441-14.
- Dragiewicz, Molly, Woodlock, Delanie, Salter, Michael, & Harris, Bridget (2022) ‘What’s Mum’s Password?’ : Australian Mothers’ Perceptions of Children’s Involvement in Technology-Facilitated Coercive Control. Journal of Family Violence, 37(1), pp. 137-149.
- Harris, Bridget & Woodlock, Delanie (2022) ‘You can’t stop it’: in rural Australia, digital coercive control can be inescapable. The Conversation, 17 February 2022.
- Harris, Bridget (2021) Technology-enabled abuse: how ‘safety by design’ can reduce stalking and domestic violence. The Conversation, 11 November 2021.
- ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (2020-2023)