The Legal Service Commission of South Australia says that lawyers should not shy away when it comes to fighting the use of technology which has lately promoted domestic violence. The commission also added that after being abused over social media, text and email, victims of domestic violence are increasingly seeking legal representation and advice from various professionals in the legal sector. They claim that most of the domestic violence issues brought before the commission are highly influenced by technology in one way or another. The Commission’s director, Gabrielle Canny, said that it is well-known that lawyers dealing with domestic violence cases clearly understand the influence of technology in many domestic violence cases.
The commission’s director also added that they can’t keep their heads buried in the sand while technology keeps on altering and damaging the legal industry since the technological change is reshaping the way things used to run before. Hence lawyers must ensure that they are broadly familiarised with the different ways in which technology can be misused by perpetrators and they are not expected to be tech experts in order to do so. The good news is that there is sufficient information online to enlighten lawyers and victims regarding expression of domestic violence through technology.
Therefore if the lawyers dig into this matter and understand the issues, then they can assist the victims of domestic violence with their tech-related challenges. As a matter of fact, many people fail to understand that they can sue those who abuse them through technological channels and that their cases involve domestic violence. On the other hand, to determine whether domestic violence is a factor in the case, lawyers should ensure that they ask their clients relevant questions regarding their personal circumstances. Also, they can ask on how the perpetrator is keeping tabs on the victim’s movements and how the perpetrator communicates with the victim.
After asking all these questions, a lawyer should determine whether domestic violence through technology is an issue that needs to be addressed urgently. Conclusively, it is important for all Australians to have some knowledge on how to deal with the emerging trend of domestic violence through technology.