Disclosure decisions and help-seeking experiences amongst victim-survivors of non-consensual intimate image distribution

Mclocklin, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-0379-9482, Kellezi, B. ORCID: 0000-0003-4825-3624, Stevenson, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2438-6425 and Mackay, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-9165-6221, 2024. Disclosure decisions and help-seeking experiences amongst victim-survivors of non-consensual intimate image distribution. Victims and Offenders. ISSN 1556-4886

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The non-consensual dissemination of intimate images (NCII) is a form of technology-facilitated, image-based sexual abuse. Despite causing significant harm, research indicates a reluctance to seek support. Thus, this study aimed to develop practitioner recommendations for improving support accessibility by exploring NCII victim-survivors’ disclosure decisions and experiences of accessing support. Thematic Analysis of 31 UK adult victim-survivor interviews revealed informal support was favored, although some did not disclose to anyone. Disclosure responses ranged from supportive to judgmental. Barriers to help-seeking included stigma and perceiving formal support services as inaccessible. Recommendations for improving formal support accessibility such as service visibility, education and inclusive practices are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Victims and Offenders
Creators: Mclocklin, G., Kellezi, B., Stevenson, C. and Mackay, J.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 18 March 2024
ISSN: 1556-4886
Rights: © 2024 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Melissa Cornwell
Date Added: 20 Mar 2024 11:49
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2024 11:49
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/51130

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