When the internet becomes a weapon in DFV – looking into the relationship between sexting, revenge porn and stalking
Dr Marika Guggisberg
Dr Guggisberg joined CQU in February 2017. She has an undergraduate degree (Honours) in Psychology and a Masters in Criminology.
The internet is part of our daily lives and can be a great tool to assist victims of Domestic and Family Violence (DFV). For example, websites such as QCDFVR’s (www.noviolence.org.au) connect women, practitioners and the broader community and provide important information. However, the internet also gives perpetrators of DFV a platform to exert control over women, to threaten them and to instil a perception of omnipresence. Against this background, technology now provides a medium that enables new forms of intimate partner violence (IPV), namely cyberstalking and revenge porn, the non-consensual distribution of sexually explicit images of an intimate partner. We are just beginning to understand the wide-ranging impacts of these contemporary forms of violence on victimised women, which may reinforce victim-blaming attitudes. The purpose of this webinar is to inform about technology as an additional weapon within the context of IPV. It will assist in educating professionals and the general community on these new forms of DFV.