The Internet and social media can be a scary place, especially for society’s most vulnerable women.
New technologies are being used to stalk, intimidate, harass, humiliate and threaten women. Increasingly, these forms of online abuse often occur in domestic violence situations.
But what is being done to stop the spread of cyber abuse?
That’s the question USQ Lecturer Dr Susan Hopkins will tackle during Cityhope Care’s next community seminar in Ripley tomorrow (April 18).
Dr Hopkins, whose research interests include gender, feminism and empowerment, will provide information and strategies on how to address gender violence and harassment of women in the digital age.
“I will also be talking about the impact of the #MeToo movement and how women are resisting harassment in its various forms through cyber activism,” Dr Hopkins said.
“I am really happy to be part of this important seminar and for the opportunity to contribute to our community learning and awareness of prevention strategies.”
Dr Hopkins will be one of the keynote speakers at the seminar, which is part of Cityhope Care’s ‘A New Thing’ initiative – a community response to women and children leaving situations of domestic and family violence.
USQ’s partnership with the initiative reaffirms its commitment to the White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation program and to changing attitudes and behaviours in relation to the prevention of domestic and family violence against women.
USQ staff and students have been encouraged to be involved in the initiative by donating items for care packs that will be distributed to local frontline agencies responding to domestic and family violence.
To register for the seminar or learn more about the initiative, visit A New Thing.
Dr Susan Hopkins will speak at the Responding to Domestic and Family Violence community seminar.