Jennifer Perry is the UK’s leading expert on digital abuse, cyber stalking and harassment. She has worked increasingly in this arena for the last five years, primarily on a voluntary basis, and advises the UK stalking charities including: The National Stalking Helpline, Network for Surviving Stalking, Action Scotland Against Stalking as well as Women’s Aid. She works with and provides training to domestic violence and public protection police officers.
One of the first to appreciate the dangers of digital, Jennifer produced the first UK-USA guidelines on cyber risks to domestic violence in 2009. She is the author of the Network for Surviving Stalking and the Women’s Aid national guidelines on Stalking and Harassment: Digital Stalking - A guide to Technology Risk for Victims. That guide was launched in February 2012 and updated in November 2012, and has been adopted as the gold-standard guide for their members by ACPO, UK police, stalking charities and domestic violence groups.
In March 2013, alongside other stalking campaigners, she met with David Cameron when he announced changes to the stalking law specifically citing the need to address the technology risks as part of that review. Recently, Jennifer consulted with and trained the National Police Improvement Agency who were reviewing their training requirements on stalking and digital issues as part of the new legislation that came into force on the 25th of November 2013. She also provides training to regional police and domestic violence groups on digital stalking issues.
Regularly invited to submit information or attend meetings with government departments, Jennifer has been involved with a great many initiatives and has provided input on digital issues to the Home Office as part of the next stage of Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, as well as part of a report for the parliamentary assembly of the council of Europe. She also contributed, alongside other charities and industry, to Keir Starmer Director of the CPS’s workshop on malicious content issues.
In addition, Jennifer has also been providing advice and support directly to victims and professionals on cyber stalking and safety. She regularly speaks at conferences and contributes articles on stalking and harassment.
Coming from an early background both in marketing and technology Jennifer is an American with a BA in advertising from the University of Oklahoma from the school of Journalism with minors in PR and marketing.
Jennfier worked for almost 20 years in the tech industry, initially in senior marketing roles for computer companies such as: Amstrad, Commodore, and Siemens Nixdorf Jennifer in 1994 she moved to the Internet industry as Marketing Director for UK Online and CIX. Later she became a marketing consultant for several companies including: United Media, News International, Lloyds of London and several smaller organisations. Throughout her career she has used her journalism background and regularly contributed to technology and marketing journals.