Women’s Aid and Privacy International launch digital information cards to help women stay safe

Many relationships that begin romantically can quickly become controlling, with partners reading emails, checking texts and locations of social media posts.

This can be just the beginning, with a third of survivors who responded to a Women’s Aid survey on online abuse telling us that their partner or ex-partner had used spyware or GPS locators to track them down.

Launched on Valentine’s Day 2020, Women’s Aid and Privacy International have launched a series of digital social media cards giving women practical information on how to help stay safe digitally from control and abuse.

The cards offer valuable information on how to stay safe online, such as using a password manager, installing anti-virus software, deleting unfamiliar apps, and turning off location sharing and geo-tagging on apps.

Adina Claire, Acting co-CEO of Women’s Aid, said:

“There’s nothing romantic about someone tracking your every movement, controlling who you talk to or bombarding you with unwanted messages – this isn’t love, it’s abuse. Perpetrators of abuse are increasingly using technology to control and intimidate their victims, and this is why we’ve launched this range of digital information cards with Privacy International, to inform and empower women to take control of their devices and stay safe online.”

Privacy International said:

“We are excited to collaborate with Women’s Aid on these digital information cards. There are small steps we can all take to improve our digital security and privacy and this Valentine’s Day we encourage everyone to take a few minutes to focus on digital ‘self-love’. Firm up your privacy settings, review what apps you use, and (re)consider who, what you share your location with. These seemingly small steps can make a big difference to your digital safety.”

To find out more about healthy relationships, go to the Women’s Aid website and #LoveRespect for young people.

The cards are also available on Privacy International’s website.

If you are worried that your partner, or that of a friend or family member, is controlling and abusive, you can go to www.womensaid.org.uk for support and information, including Live Chat, the Survivors’ Forum, The Survivor’s Handbook and the Domestic Abuse Directory.

For more information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: 020 7566 2511 / [email protected]

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