Technology

Somebody Must Say These Things

12-04-2024 • 34 mins

We are often inundated with the lists of uses for technology in society. From how it can make our lives easier, to more comfortable, and even luxurious. In the same vein, technology can create community around the personal hardships that women endure as gender-based violence survivors. The opposite should also be considered. This episode explores how social media surveillance, perpetuates intimate partner violence even post escape. Guest experts including Dr Suzie Dunn, Professor Kaitlynn Mendes, and Rhiannon Wong, discuss the pros and cons of the effects that evolving technology and social media platforms have on gender-based violence survivors.

While highlighting examples of survivors leaving abusive relationships online, can advocate for informed decision-making for the survivor community; the allure of online platforms in promoting harmful ideologies, blurring lines between healthy and toxic relationships for young men is of concern.  Additionally, the complexities of leaving abusive relationships in a digital age must be considered when understanding the range of experience and resources that are needed to provide support.


This podcast was made possible by the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia. THANS exists to eliminate violence against women in Nova Scotia. Their organizations provide a full range of support services to women and their children in a safe, supportive environment and provide survivors of violence with opportunities to learn about available resources, and alternatives to facilitate informed personal choices and decisions.


THANS is not 100% government funded by the provincial or federal government. This needs to change. Go to thans.ca to learn how you can help.


This podcast is narrated by Ginger MacPhee, Executive Director at Chrysalis House Association.


Produced by Podstarter.

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