The rise of technology as a vehicle to domestic and sexual violence against women

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Abstract

In recent years, there has been an exponential growth in the use of technology which has now become an everyday part of our lives. Technology created with good intentions is now being used to facilitate criminal behaviour. Traditional offences such as domestic and sexual violence are now moving from the terrestrial to the cyber world. This transference to a new medium allows perpetrators to commit offences remotely, rather than face to face, and can provide offenders a perceived cloak of anonymity. Recognition of this is provided for as part of the expansion of domestic violence and victim injury definitions to include injuries other than the merely physical. In Australia, and overseas, we are seeing the introduction of legislation aimed specifically at the use of technology to commit traditional crimes. The focus of this paper examines the emerging trend of cyber offences, particularly in as they relate to domestic and sexual violence, and analyses the criminal justice responses both in Australia and internationally. It also serves to explore the emergence of new offences and socially deviant behaviours such as revenge pornography.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational Symposium of the World Society of Victimology: Victimisation, justice and healing: Challenging orthodoxies - Perth, Australia
Duration: 5 Jul 20159 Jul 2015
Conference number: 15th
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ConferenceInternational Symposium of the World Society of Victimology
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period5/07/159/07/15
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Goldsworthy, T., & Raj, M. (2015). The rise of technology as a vehicle to domestic and sexual violence against women. International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology, Perth, Australia.