Social media and new technologies can be used as tools by perpetrators of domestic violence. Many people experiencing domestic violence offline are also abused, harassed and stalked online by their partners or ex-partners.

Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web. Online harassment or abuse could include: cyper-stalking, publishing revenge porn online, trying to damage your reputation, trolling, or encouraging other people to be abusive towards you online. 

Common tactics for online or cyber abuse within an abusive relationship or when a person is being harassed include: accessing accounts, using spyware, posting on social media and tracking devices. Perpetrators may use these tools against the victim, and/or those closest to the victim.

The information that that can be obtained by digital means increases the physical risks as well the mental and financial harm.

More information can be found on the Stop Online Abuse website here.