Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Social Media DV on the Increase; New Methods of Online Abuse Present Challenges

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Social Media DV on the Increase; New Methods of Online Abuse Present Challenges

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Byline: Chloe Lyons Chloe.Lyons@capnews.com.au

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TECHNOLOGY has changed the face of domestic violence, it's not just black eyes and broken bones anymore.

Abusive text messages, phone calls and the posting of sexually explicit photos are all new ways in which men can victimise their partners without even being in the same room.

Ken McMaster (pictured) is a social worker specialising in men's behaviour who has worked with violent men for decades and helps develop programs to assist men in changing their abusive behaviour.

"I've been a strong advocate for 30 years around the need for intervention for men and programs because men basically move on from one relationship to another relationship and they create a lot of havoc behind them," Ken said.

"It makes sense to get a bit of intervention done to stop victimisation down the track.

"As men, we are reluctant help-seekers, we think we can just dig in and do it ourselves."

Over his time working in the industry Ken has seen social media and technology adding to the ways women can be victimised and abused.

"What we're seeing now with social media particularly is the forms of abusive practice are changing," Ken said.

"You've still got the perennial stuff, the physical stuff, the sexual stuff, emotional bullying and verbal abuse, all that same stuff is there.

"What we are seeing now is a lot more online abuse, texting is a fairly common way to abuse someone.

"Stuff that happens in the privacy of the relationship like sexting... when the relationship goes sour that's getting put into a more public place.

"There are more ways to monitor people's movements now so this space is changing a lot.

"We are having to think a lot more about these subtle ongoing forms of abusive practice."

The programs Ken has helped develop address all abusive behaviours men struggle to overcome by teaching them skills to effectively manage situations where they are likely to act out. …

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