Technology-facilitated Abuse in Relationships Report

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Technology facilitated abuse is a form of controlling behaviour that involves the use of technology as a means to coerce, stalk or harass another person.

Technology-facilitated Abuse in Relationships (TAR) is a widespread social problem that has a significant impact on victim-survivors. Most contemporary evidence on TAR focuses on victim-survivor and practitioner perspectives rather than perpetrators motivations for choosing this form of abuse.

This study aimed to explore perpetrators’ discourses on emotions and motivations associated with engaging in TAR. Using story-completion method, 35 self-identified perpetrators of TAR completed story stems describing scenarios that may precede the use of abusive online behaviours.

The report includes policy, practice and research recommendations.

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This project was supported by Melbourne Social Equity Institute's 2020 Seed Funding Round.

Seminar and Launch

Melbourne Social Equity Institute, in partnership with the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against women and their children (MAEVe), hosted a seminar to launch the report on Monday 27 March 2023.

Speakers:  Dr Renee Fiolet, Dr Cynthia Brown, Dr Dana McKay and Associate Professor Bridget Harris

If you or anyone you or anyone you know needs help or support, you can contact:

1800 Respect
National sexual assault and domestic/family violence counselling service
1800 737 732

No To Violence
Working with men to end family violence in Victoria and New South Wales
1300 766 491

Mensline Australia
National telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns
1300 789 978

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