Image-based sexual abuse as a means of coercive control: victim-survivor experiences

Henry, N., Gavey, N. and Johnson, K. (2022) Image-based sexual abuse as a means of coercive control: victim-survivor experiences. Violence Against Women, (doi: 10.1177/10778012221114918) (PMID:35989679) (Early Online Publication)

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Scholars and practitioners increasingly acknowledge the ways that abusive partners create, distribute, or threaten to distribute intimate images without consent, yet little empirical research has comprehensively explored image-based sexual abuse within intimate partner contexts. This article responds to this gap and reports on the findings of a study involving interviews with 29 women and one gender-diverse person who experienced image-based sexual abuse as part of a pattern of “coercive control.” The authors argue that abusive partners use intimate imagery as a means of exerting power and control, and as a tactic of intimidation, entrapment, and degradation. They note that law, policy, and practice responses should recognize the gendered nature of image-based sexual abuse and its growing use as a means of coercive control.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding: The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Australian Research Council (grant number DP170101433).
Keywords:New Zealand, intimate partner violence, positive mental health, social support.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnson, Dr Kelly
Authors: Henry, N., Gavey, N., and Johnson, K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Violence Against Women
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1552-8448
Published Online:22 August 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Author(s) 2022
First Published:First published in Violence Against Women 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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