The technification of domestic abuse: methods, tools and drivers of technology-facilitated domestic abuse

Claudette Danielle Hawkins, Lisa Sugiura

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Digital technologies have enabled people to socialise and exchange personal information online, often under the protection of anonymity and with little oversight or accountability. Methods of domestic abuse are progressively incorporating computer misuse and other related online offences, and digital tools, escalating opportunities for perpetrators to monitor, threaten and humiliate their victims. Drawing on research involving media case study analysis, a technology review, and interviews undertaken with 21 UK professionals and service providers supporting domestic abuse victims, this paper outlines the UK context in regard to methods, tools and drivers of technology-facilitated domestic abuse (TFDA). We conceptualise the technification of domestic abuse, a rapidly developing area with resulting significant harms, suggesting that this is an area deserving of far greater attention.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2023
EventEuropean Criminology Conference - Florence , Florence , Italy
Duration: 6 Sept 20239 Sept 2023


ConferenceEuropean Criminology Conference
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