SPARK Webinar Technology Facilitated Violence: New trends, new knowledge

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A live webinar, delivered via Zoom, to investigate the impacts of technology on the DFV sector, for workers in the area

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This is the second in our SPARK Webinar series. Dr Bridget Harris (QUT) investigated the impacts of technology facilitated domestic and family violence or digital coercive control (DCC) and identified a lack of understanding about this form of abuse.

Dr Harris’s findings reveal digital media and devices are increasingly used by perpetrators of domestic and family violence perpetrators to coerce and control. Most commonly, targets are current or former intimate partners. A victim/survivor’s children, subsequent romantic partners, children, family members and friends can also be subjected to attacks. ‘Digital coercive control’ is inextricably connected to ‘offline’ abuse but there are unique features of these harms that warrant attention. Technology has a constant presence in our lives, is spaceless and can facilitate instantaneous and constant contact, creating a sense of perpetrator omnipresence. In this session the concept of digital coercive control will be outlined and emerging trends, impacts and risks will be explored. Resources for practitioners and areas for reform which could enhance prevention of and responses to violence and, protect and empower victim/survivors are also identified.

Following Dr Harris’s presentation, there will be a live Q&A session.

SPARK Speakers Provoking Action, Reflection and Knowledge Webinars connect practitioners with the latest, research and current thinking. Sometimes they may be provocative, but they will always promote knowledge sharing across the sector and create a space for reflecting, thinking and talking about practice.

WorkUP Queensland is delivered by The Healing Foundation and ANROWS to build and grow capability and capacity of the sexual violence, women's health and domestic and family violence sector over the next five years.

This is a live webinar. We will email participants the login details the day before.

You can visit our website at WorkUP Queensland to find out more about our work and the development of the regional workforce plans.

Who should attend

Domestic and Family Violence, Sexual violence and Women’s Health practitioners.

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Live interactive webinar delivered via Zoom

About the facilitator

Dr Bridget Harris

Dr Bridget Harris is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow based in the Centre for Justice, Digital Media Research Centre and Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology. She works primarily in the areas of domestic and family violence and technology-facilitated violence, advocacy and justice responses. Her recent projects explore how technology is used by victim/survivors to seek assistance and support and perpetrators to enact ‘digital coercive control’ in regional, rural and remote locations; how women with intellectual and cognitive disability experience abuse through technology; and, how police and courts respond to ‘digital coercive control’.

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