Aiding Intimate Violence Survivors in Lockdown

Julia Slupska, Megan Lindsay Brown

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The global pandemic and associated lockdown measures created new and severe forms of vulnerability for people living in the context of intimate partner violence and coercive control, including being trapped in their homes with abusers and struggling to access advocates as services moved online. This paper outlines innovations used by victim advocates and service providers in reaching survivors in often impossible circumstances, and summarizes lessons from the design of a safety-planning application named "myPlan". We propose digital security guidelines for products and services which may be used by survivors cohabiting with abusers or using devices which may be under surveillance. We conclude with reflections on whether technology design leads to empowerment: although we cannot overstate the importance of digital security design which is sensitive to the unique vulnerabilities of marginalized people, true empowerment requires a greater commitment to funding accessible housing, mental health support, and advocacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2022 - Extended Abstracts of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450391566
StatePublished - Apr 27 2022
Event2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2022 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Apr 30 2022May 5 2022

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Conference2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software


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