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The Abuse of Technology in Domestic Violence and Stalking

The Abuse of Technology in Domestic Violence and Stalking

Delanie Woodlock, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

In this article we focus on an emerging trend in the context of domestic violence–the use of technology to facilitate stalking and other forms of abuse. Surveys with 152 domestic violence advocates and 46 victims shows that technology–including phones, tablets, computers and social networking websites–is commonly used in intimate partner stalking. Technology was used to create a sense of the perpetrator’s omnipresence, and to isolate, punish and humiliate domestic violence victims. Perpetrators also threatened to share sexualized content online to humiliate victims. Technology-facilitated stalking needs to be treated as a serious offence, and effective practice, policy and legal responses must be developed.


Woodlock, D. (2015) The Abuse of Technology in Domestic Violence and Stalking, Violence Against Women, forthcoming. Proof copy available below.

NB: This is a proof copy of an article which has been accepted to be published in journal Violence Against Women. DVRCV has made this proof copy available on our website until publication.