Why It’s Hard to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors Online

via Ashley Fetters of The Atlantic-  Restraining orders have evolved to prohibit digital communication, but what happens when they fail?

In 1994, the National Center for State Courts conducted a study of 285 women in three cities—Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, Delaware—who had obtained temporary or permanent orders of protection against their abusive male partners. More than half said that, in advance of the restraining order, they had been beaten or choked; a sizable majority reported being slapped, grabbed, shoved, or kicked; and 99 percent reported being intimidated through threats, stalking, or harassment.  Read more 

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