Online blaming and intimate partner violence: A content analysis of social media comments

Jason Whiting, Rachel Dansby, Jaclyn Cravens, Alyssa Banford

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Abstract

Social media has become a ubiquitous form of interacting and sharing information. However, comments on social media sites often are aggressive and contemptuous, especially when topics are controversial or politically charged. For example, discussion of intimate partner violence (IPV) tends to provoke strong reactions from outsiders, who often make angry or blaming comments about those involved. Although IPV is common, it has not been widely discussed in popular media until recent years, as high-profile cases of abuse have come to light. In 2016, a celebrity accusation of domestic violence led to thousands of comments on social media, with outsiders weighing in about who was at fault, and what should be done. This study involved a content analysis of 400 of these comments, with the intent of better understanding typical types of social media reactions to domestic violence accusations. Key themes included judgment and blame, with around 37% of commenters blaming the supposed victim in t
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-94
JournalThe Qualitative Report
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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