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The role of blogs in restoring the self-integrity of women victims of intimate partner sexual violence

Carolina Yukari Veludo Watanabe (Computer Science Department, Federal University of Rondônia, Porto Velho, Brazil) (Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo at Fundação Getulio Vargas, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Eduardo Henrique Diniz (Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo at Fundação Getulio Vargas, Sao Paulo, Brazil) (COPPEAD at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Eusebio Scornavacca (School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA) (Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, USA)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Article publication date: 4 October 2022

Issue publication date: 8 September 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to identify the role of blogs in helping women victims of intimate partner sexual violence to restore their self-integrity.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors’ research uses an interpretive stance, supported by motivational and “self” theories to analyze 33 blogs reporting the experiences of women in Brazil who suffered sexual violence perpetrated by an intimate partner.

Findings

This study identifies the reasons why women who suffer violence from intimate partners write blog posts. It also develops an analytical framework that bridges the gap between the design and use of IT-artifacts and the context of sexual violence from an intimate partner. Women who suffer violence from intimate partners look for blogs in order to find a safe space for expression, a knowledge hub and a social support network. Blogs play a pivotal role in supporting the journey of reconstructing their self-integrity.

Research limitations/implications

The results help to understand the role of blogs in helping victims in vulnerable situations trying to restore their self-integrity. It also contributes to improve the design and functionality of such platforms as an important resource for social support networks.

Practical implications

This study shows the positive impact of blogs as a tool to support victims in the process of restoring their self-integrity.

Social implications

This study aims to promote the use of digital artifacts such as blogs as a complementary instrument to fight violence against women.

Originality/value

The analytical framework used in this paper helps to understand the role of IT-artifacts in the context of sexual violence from an intimate partner.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This study was financed in part by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior – Brasil (CAPES) – Finance Code 001.

Citation

Watanabe, C.Y.V., Diniz, E.H. and Scornavacca, E. (2023), "The role of blogs in restoring the self-integrity of women victims of intimate partner sexual violence", Information Technology & People, Vol. 36 No. 6, pp. 2280-2311. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITP-04-2020-0172

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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