Greater Brisbane


Woman vulnerable as technology helps stalkers

6 March 2014 | Research papers


The Domestic Violence Resource Centre of Victoria


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A Victorian study has found that current technology has created a constantly evolving threat to the safety of women fleeing abuse.

Social media and email accounts are being hacked and women stalked as smartphones with global positioning technology create new avenues for domestic violence.

The Domestic Violence Resource Centre of Victoria surveyed 152 workers from Melbourne’s domestic violence sector and 46 survivors in response to mounting anecdotal evidence about smarphone harassment.

More than 96 per cent of the workers reported direct experiences of perpetrators using mobile technologies to stalk women.


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