Social Media and Online Abuse
What is online abuse?
Women’s Aid research on online domestic abuse found that:
- For 85% of respondents the abuse they received online from a partner or ex-partner was part of a pattern of abuse they also experienced offline
- Nearly a third of respondents (29%) experienced the use of spyware or GPS locators on their phone or computers by a partner or ex-partner.
- For half (50%) of respondents the online abuse they experienced also involved direct threats to them or someone they knew
- Nearly a third of those respondents who had received threats stated that where threats had been made online by a partner or ex-partner they were carried out
It is important to keep safe online, ensure that your location is not visible on devices you do not own once you have left a relationship and to ensure that you are able to use social media and emails, as well as other online services, without fear of abuse.