Intimate Terrorism and Technology: There's an App for That

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Justine A. Dunlap

University of Massachusetts School of Law

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Date Written: Jan 2012


Technology enhances the ability of the domestic violence perpetrator. It also holds the promise of assisting domestic violence survivors in their quest for safety. This is true in practical, daily ways and is becoming increasingly true in the legal treatment of these cases. Perpetrators can use technology to stalk and find their victims; survivors can use it to access necessary information to get away from their batterers. Laws are being amended to take into account cyber-enhanced domestic violence techniques. Domestic or intimate terrorists are among the class of criminals targeted for use of GPS monitoring. This article discusses the way that technology is used in circumstances of intimate terrorism. It will examine how technology is used as a batterer's tool in exerting coercive control over a victim. It will also look at the changes in the laws as the legal system strives to keep pace with the rapid advancement of technology. In particular, the recent use of GPS monitoring of intimate terrorists will be analyzed. This analysis will identify some of the problems associated with the on-going legal changes.

Keywords: family law

Suggested Citation

Dunlap, Justine A., Intimate Terrorism and Technology: There's an App for That (Jan 2012). University of Massachusetts Law Review, Vol. 7, 2012, Available at SSRN: or

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