Developing a chatbot to support victim-survivors who are subjected to domestic abuse: considerations and ethical dilemmas

Kate Butterby*, Nancy Lombard*

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Abstract

This Open Space piece discusses the implementation of a chatbot for victim-survivors who are subjected to domestic abuse. Being deployed as part of the ISEDA project (Innovative Solutions to Eliminate Domestic Abuse), a Horizon Europe project involving 15 partners from nine European countries, the chatbot will aim to provide women who are subjected to domestic abuse with information about domestic abuse, local support services, links to emergency services and potentially act as a place to store evidence that can be used in court. We discuss the ethical considerations surrounding the implementation of the chatbot within the project, and use of technology to support women within the domestic abuse sector in general. We highlight some of the positives alongside pitfalls of this way of working, and outline some of the considerations surrounding longevity of the chatbot in light of empowering under-funded women’s services.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Gender-Based Violence
Early online date31 May 2024
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 May 2024

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