1st Edition

Technology and Domestic and Family Violence Victimisation, Perpetration and Responses

Edited By Bridget Harris, Delanie Woodlock Copyright 2023
    234 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book brings together academics and advocates to explore an emerging issue: the use of technology by perpetrators of domestic and family violence. Of interest too is critique of government and non-government activities in this arena and how technology can be harnessed to respond to harm.

    Domestic and family violence (DFV) is widely recognised as an important social issue, impacting the safety and wellbeing of victim/survivors and their children, and on a broader scale, threatening risk and security on global levels. This book provides insights drawn from research and practice in the Global South and Global North to provide an evidence base and real-world solutions and initiatives to understand, address and ultimately prevent technology-facilitated domestic and family violence and how technology can be used to effect positive change and empower victim/survivors and communities.

    Technology and Domestic and Family Violence will be of great interest to students and scholars on victimology, criminology, social work, law, women’s studies, sociology and media studies. It will also be a valuable reference for practitioners, government and non-government advocates working on issues around domestic violence.

    PART 1: Conceptualising, categorising, and measuring harm

    1 Weaponising technology in intimate relationships: An introduction and overview
    Bridget Harris and Delanie Woodlock

    2 Characteristics of technology-facilitated domestic violence
    Jordana N. Navarro and Shelly Clevenger

    3 Technology-facilitated abuse: The need for Indigenous-led research and response
    Bronwyn Carlson and Madi Day

    4 Best-practice principles for measurement of technology-facilitated coercive control
    Molly Dragiewicz

    PART 2: Specific technologies and forms of harm

    5 Cyberstalking in the context of intimate relationships: Who’s monitoring the monitors?
    Brianna O’Shea, Jeremy Prichard, and Helen Cockburn

    6 Technology-facilitated abuse and the internet of things (IoT): The implication of the smart, internet-connected devices on domestic violence and abuse
    Leonie Maria Tanczer

    7 The new Panopticon: Women’s experiences of mobile phone-mediated coercive control within abusive relationships
    Tirion Havard and Michelle Lefevre

    PART 3: Victimisation of cohorts and communities

    8 Digital abuse of women with disabilities
    Delanie Woodlock and Bridget Harris

    9 The co-option of children in relation to intimate partner violence and the use of technology
    Heather Douglas

    10 Technology-facilitated domestic violence: Some queer considerations
    Bianca Fileborn and Matthew Ball

    11 Remote-control: Regional, rural, and remote women’s experiences of digital coercive control
    Bridget Harris and Delanie Woodlock

    PART 4: Harnessing technology

    12 Domestic violence disclosure schemes: The opportunities and limits of technology and information sharing
    Sandra Walklate and Kate Fitz-Gibbon

    13 Technological resources for people experiencing and using violence in their intimate relationships: Moving beyond safety and referral
    Laura Tarzia and Kelsey Hegarty

    14 How Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) uses technology to respond to online gender-based violence
    Sandra Aceng

    15 Emergent best practices in trauma-informed design from Chayn’s interventions with and for survivors of technology abuse
    Hera Hussain

    16 Spaceless violence: Concluding thoughts and future steps
    Bridget Harris and Delanie Woodlock


    Bridget Harris is an Associate Professor/Reader of Criminology and Deputy Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre at Monash University (Victoria, Australia) and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow. Bridget conducts research on domestic and family violence, violence against women, the use of technology to enact and respond to harm, digital coercive control, and violence against women in rural areas.

    Delanie Woodlock has been working in domestic violence and sexual assault for over 15 years, providing support to victim-survivors, as well as conducting internationally recognised research in both the community and academia. She is a research fellow at Monash University in the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation. Her research has focused on violence against women with disabilities, the impact of abuse on women’s trauma, the use of technology in domestic violence, child sexual abuse material and violence against women in rural and regional Australia.