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Digital coercive control: barriers to victim/ survivors' help-seeking and risk management in Victoria

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posted on 2023-09-11, 05:08 authored by Jessica Woolley, Mary IliadisMary Iliadis, Marilyn McMahon
Digital technologies are increasingly being used within the context of domestic and family violence (DFV) to facilitate coercive and controlling behaviours – also known as digital coercive control (DCC). Drawing on the perspectives of a small sample of nine DFV practitioners and scholarly experts, this article examines the barriers victim/survivors of DCC encounter as they seek help in Victoria, Australia. We find that DCC has distinct impacts on victim/survivors who are socially and geographically isolated. DFV support services also experience a range of challenges in detecting and responding to DCC, including in risk assessment and management, highlighting a requirement for further training of frontline workers to better respond to DCC.

History

Journal

JOURNAL OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

ISSN

2398-6808

eISSN

2398-6816

Language

English

Publisher

BRISTOL UNIV PRESS & POLICY PRESS