Safe Connectivity Tips for Domestic Violence Victims

via Kirsten Akens, If you are a victim of domestic violence, it’s possible your abuser has used technology to control you — and may still be doing so even if you’ve left the relationship.

According to “Tech Abuse: Information From the Field,” a 2018 survey by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), “technology misuse is often intertwined with other forms of abuse survivors are facing in their daily life.” Only 11% of domestic violence advocates surveyed had not encountered cases involving tech misuse over the past year. Fifty-one percent of the respondents had worked with 1 to 15 cases of technology misuse, and 12% had seen more than 50 cases in that same year. The type of technology misuse reported ranged from spying with hidden cameras to intimidation and threats via technology to recording devices placed inside a personal item.

That same survey showed that only 13% of domestic violence advocates feel totally confident that they have the skills to help victims and survivors with their concerns and challenges involving technology.

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