Social Media and Online Abuse

What Is Online Abuse

Online platforms are increasingly used to perpetrate domestic abuse. Online domestic abuse can include behaviors such as monitoring of social media profiles or emails, abuse over social media such as Facebook or Twitter, sharing intimate photos or videos without your consent, using GPS locators or spyware.

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.

Keeping safe online

Online services and social media should be open and safe for everyone to use. We know that perpetrators of domestic abuse often use online tools to abuse their victims.

Below is information about the safety policies and processes on some of the main social media platforms that should help you stay safe online.

If you need support please call the National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership with Women’s Aid and Refuge) on 0808 2000 247.

Women’s Aid also have more information on how to keep yourself safe on Facebook and Twitter here https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/onlinesafety/#1448707850732-4013edf1-352e and information on how to stay safe online here You can find more tips for how to delete cookies  and conceal your browsing history here


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