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Digital portraits: photo-sharing after domestic violence

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rachel Clarke, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright, Dr Madeline Balaam, Dr John McCarthy


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This paper explores the potential role of photography in re-building of lives after domestic violence. We worked in the context of a women’s centre where women are accessing support after leaving abusive relationships. The paper contributes a feminist participatory arts action research approach to studying photo-sharing practices and helps to frame an understanding of the ongoing tensions in the construction of self with others that the women experience. We argue that the affirmation of new bonds, control in sharing the process of ‘moving on’, and supporting discursive negotiations of privacy are important considerations for design focused on interpersonal social processes around the use of digital technology.

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Author(s): Clarke R, Wright P, Balaam M, McCarthy J

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CHI 2013: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2013

Pages: 2517-2526

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/2470654.2481348

Notes: This paper was accepted for Chi 2013 (19% acceptance rate) and received an honourable mention (top 5% of submissions). It continues a thread of human-centred computing research begun by Wallace on the Digital Economy Research Hub (SiDE). The work reports a prolonged engagement with the Angelou Centre in Newcastle leading to the participatory design of new social media sensitive to the difficult circumstances of women surviving abuse. The collaboration has led to small grants (Heritage Lottery funding) and a collaboration with the Creative Exchange hub further extending the impact of the work.

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ISBN: 9781450318990