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Title: Technology gap and other tensions in social support and legal procedures: stakeholders perceptions of online violence against women during the Covid-19 pandemic
Authors: Amaral, Inês 
Simões, Rita Basílio 
Poleac, Gabriela
Keywords: Online violence; Women; Pandemics; Covid-19; Digital abuse; Harassment; Harmful practices; Digital participation; Hate speech; Hate speech; Institutional responses; Legal procedures; Social networks; Social media; Internet
Issue Date: 11-Aug-2022
Publisher: EPI - Profesional de la información
Project: GENDER RESEARCH 4 COVID-19-058 
Serial title, monograph or event: Revista Profesional de la Información
Abstract: As the Covid-19 pandemic intensified the digitisation of everyday lives and violent behaviours on many mainstream platforms, online violence against women raised renewed concerns. Across the literature, there has been an emphasis on survivors’ experiences and actions to cope with technology-facilitated abuse. Still, little is known about how people perceive the nature, the prevalence, and the impacts of harmful online behaviours and the appropriate social and institutional responses to tackle them. This article aims to help fill this gap. It presents a qualitative study on stakeholders’ perceptions conducted under the frame of a broader project which addresses the prevalence, nature and impact of online violence against women during the Covid-19 pandemic. Empirically, it draws on semi-structured interviews with Portuguese activists, police and law enforcement agents and different public and private service sector providers to explore perspectives on preventing, policing and coping with online violence. The findings expose several socio-technical challenges that prevent effective protection measures for victims and punitive consequences for perpetrators. They also suggest tensions in negotiating digital technology’s role in social support and legal procedures.
ISSN: 1699-2407
DOI: 10.3145/epi.2022.jul.13
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FLUC Secção de Comunicação - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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