Sumary of Abusers turn to tech to torment victims amid increased lockdowns:
- Support services have told researchers that the coronavirus pandemic has led to increased referrals for technology-facilitated abuse — a form of violence that ranges from abusive texts and social media posts to covert stalking and child exploitation.
- According to the report, seen by the ABC, domestic and family violence support services “overwhelmingly” reported an increase in referrals “due to clients being pushed into crisis situations while also being trapped in the home with their abuser due to lockdown requirements”.
- “Additionally, people who had experienced technology-facilitated abuse were uncomfortable having to access support through technology, associating technology with feeling unsafe.
- ” Monash University criminologist Associate Professor Asher Flynn.
- (Supplied: Monash University)Associate Professor Flynn said there was also an increase in people reporting digitally abusive behaviours perpetrated by strangers during the pandemic.
- The broader research found women were more likely to be victims of the behaviour, particularly those aged up to 34 or 17 and younger, as well as transgender, non-binary and intersex people.
- The most common behaviours were put-downs or insulting/harassing messages, unwanted contact, monitoring by digital means, controlled access to digital communications or threats of harm via online means.
- (ABC News: Luke Bowden)Associate Professor Flynn said it was difficult for support services and law enforcement to keep up with changing technologies.