Text-Based (Sexual) Abuse and Online Violence Against Women: Toward Law Reform

Barker, Kim and Jurasz, Olga (2021). Text-Based (Sexual) Abuse and Online Violence Against Women: Toward Law Reform. In: Bailey, Jane; Flynn, Asher and Henry, Nicola eds. The Emerald International Handbook of Technology Facilitated Violence and Abuse. Emerald Studies In Digital Crime, Technology and Social Harms. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 247–264.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-83982-848-520211017


The ideal of an open, all-inclusive, and participatory internet has been undermined by the rise of gender-based and misogynistic abuse on social media platforms. Limited progress has been made at supranational and national levels in addressing this issue, and where steps have been taken to combat online violence against women (OVAW), they are typically limited to legislative developments addressing image-based sexual abuse. As such, harms associated with image-based abuse have gained recognition in law while harms caused by text-based abuse (TBA) have not been conceptualized in an equivalent manner.

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