Technology, domestic violence advocacy, and the sustainable development goals

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Harris, Bridget
Dragiewicz, Molly
Woodlock, Delanie
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Blaustien, Jarret
Fitz-Gibbon, Kate
Pino, Nathan
White, Rob
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2020
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Goal 5 of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) prioritises gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls. Key to achieving this is addressing violence against women (VAW; see SDG target 5.2) and, we believe, understanding the role of technology in both enacting and combating VAW. In this chapter, we outline how technology-facilitated VAW threatens women’s use of technology and discuss policies and practices of support workers and practitioners that aid safe use of digital media. We consider features of technology-facilitated VAW advocacy which differ from traditional VAW advocacy, using examples from the Global North and South. Information communication technologies (ICTs) are used by VAW advocates in a range of ways; to provide information and education about domestic violence, safe use of technology and negotiating the legal and criminal justice systems; collect evidence about abuse; provide support; and pursue social change. As the capabilities and prevalence of ICT and devices increase and access costs decrease, these channels offer new and innovative opportunities capitalising on the spacelessness, cost-effectiveness and timelessness of media. Nonetheless, technological initiatives are not perfect or failsafe. Throughout the pages that follow, we acknowledge the limitations and challenges of technology-facilitated advocacy, which could hinder application of the SDG.

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Emerald Handbook of Crime, Justice, and Sustainable Development
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Communications engineering
Criminology
Causes and prevention of crime
Communication technology and digital media studies
Cybercrime
Domestic violence
Human Rights
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Harris, B; Dragiewicz, M; Woodlock, D, Technology, domestic violence advocacy, and the sustainable development goals, Emerald Handbook of Crime, Justice, and Sustainable Development, 2020, pp. 304-324
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