Data privacy to enhance safety in situations of family violence

The research investigated how technology and related policies around data privacy and use can be used to enhance the safety of individuals affected by domestic and family violence.

Past project

Why are we doing this research?

The rapid incorporation of new technologies into the world brings both benefits and risks to women's wellbeing and security, shaping their experiences of and responses to domestic and family violence (DFV).

In this new digital landscape, the way data is used and abused has significant ramifications for individual safety and protection. This is particularly significant for victims of DFV.

Accordingly, privacy considerations must be at the forefront when considering future development of DFV policies and laws. This novel study is the first to consider the intersections of privacy, technology and DFV across Australia and New Zealand.

Through capturing experiences from relevant experts, this research aims to define and assess privacy standards and guidelines across Australia and New Zealand in order to ensure victims of DFV, and their privacy, are best protected and supported at all stages.


Bennett Moses, Lyria, Jan Breckenridge, Joshua Gibson, and Georgia Lyons. 2022. “Technology-Facilitated Domestic and Family Violence: Protecting the Privacy and Safety of Victim-Survivors”. Law, Technology and Humans 4 (1):1-17.

Who we are

Louise Chappell (UNSW Sydney)
Lyria Bennett-Moses (UNSW Sydney)
Jan Breckenridge (UNSW Sydney)
Josh Gibson (UNSW Sydney)

Who are our research partners?

International Association of Privacy Professionals