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Domestic Abuse in a Digital Age fo #OutOfControl

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A short presentation prepared for the launch of Natalie Collins' book 'Out Of Control' - looking at domestic abuse (male to female) within the church context.

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Domestic Abuse in a Digital Age fo #OutOfControl

  1. 1. Dr Bex Lewis @drbexl Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing 23 March 2019 Abuse in a Digital Age: Does social media help or hinder in dealing with abuse? #OutofControl #MeToo #ChurchToo
  2. 2. Event Publicity, 2008 “There is a revolution sweeping across the globe, driven by the massive growth of the internet and internet related technologies. Known as the Digital Revolution it is on par with other great global shifts such as the Agrarian Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. And it is completely changing the landscape of how we communicate, how we influence, how we relate. This isn’t simply about coming to grips with a new technology to assist us in our work, but requires of us a fundamental shift in our processes, our structures and approaches. If we don’t respond then as Eric Hoffer states, we will find ourselves, ‘beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.’ @drbexl
  3. 3. Martha Lane-Fox, 2015 The internet is the organising principle of our age, touching all our lives, every day. As the late activist Aaron Swartz put it, “It’s not OK not to understand the internet anymore”. http://www.doteveryone.org.uk/ @drbexl
  4. 4. One of the dangers of seeing the digital as ‘revolutionary’ is that we focus on the technology, and forget that it is still human beings using the technology. •Basic human needs • Love and connection • Power and control Image - https://unsplash.com/photos/AVtR-h28qmI @drbexl
  5. 5. What is abuse in a digital age? As ever: Domestic abuse can be defined as a pattern of coercive or controlling behaviour enacted by one person towards another: an abuser is motivated by a desire to have power over and control of their partner @drbexl
  6. 6. “If we don’t like what social media is presenting us [with], we should look at society instead, not just the tool they communicate with.” Caroline Criado-Perez, 2013 @drbexl
  7. 7. 5 Main ways abusers will use technology @drbexl
  8. 8. Monitoring Content • Accesses victim’s digital content (openly or secretly) • Prevents their partner accessing help • Accuses partner of having an affair based on interactions • Uses spyware to listen to phone calls remotely • Uses Skype/Facetime as remote CCTV • Forces particular actions • May prevent access to devices or platforms Image: https://unsplash.com/photos/L97Hsnt-mAI @drbexl
  9. 9. Monitoring Location • GPS software on partner’s digital devices • ‘Proving’ location via photograph or live video • Prevents connecting with family/friends Image: https://unsplash.com/photos/YddMIRck34I @drbexl
  10. 10. Bombardment • Calls, texts, emails, social media messages at all times of night/day • From abuser and others (he) encourages • EXHAUSTING! Image source: https://unsplash.com/photos/GWkioAj5aB4 @drbexl
  11. 11. Misuse of information and content • Sharing passwords/pincodes • Financial misuse, including debt • Digital content used as a weapon – e.g. ‘revenge porn’ • Pose as the victim to alienate friends Image purchased from Stockfresh @drbexl
  12. 12. Online sexual abuse • Use online sex sites to meet others • Coerce partner to join sex sites • Use sexual ratings of partner’s performance • Targeting underage (vulnerable) children • Smartphone given to child to build relationship or coerce • Livestreaming sex acts • Using Bitcoin in payment Image purchased from Stockfresh @drbexl
  13. 13. Where’s the Hope? @drbexl
  14. 14. “The fluidity and transience of online environments poses challenges to traditional authority structures, roles, and tools. The result has been that the internet is framed both as a threat to certain established roles and hierarchies and as a tool of empowerment by others.” – Heidi Campbell 2012 @drbexl
  15. 15. Refuge Centres • Extra vigilance – staff AND residents use of mobile technology • Can restrict offenders access to victims (requires professional help) • Also, access to computers: • Keep logs of abusive materials • Obtain professional counselling online • Keep involved with legal processes Image purchased from Stockfresh @drbexl
  16. 16. Online Presence • Check your ‘online identity’ • Manage privacy settings • Share quality information – online and offline • Online forums, e.g. MumsNet, Women’s Aid @drbexlImage from https://unsplash.com/photos/gcgves5H_Ac
  17. 17. Sites of interest… • https://everydayvictimblaming.com/ • http://www.seethetriumph.org/ • http://projectunbreakable.tumblr.com/ • http://www.deaf-hope.org/ • https://duckduckgo.com/ @drbexlImage from: https://unsplash.com/photos/gI7zgb80QWY
  18. 18. Read More (2018) @drbexl
  19. 19. @drbexl

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