Facebook can be deadly for domestic abuse victims

Facebook can be deadly for domestic abuse victims

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Victims use Facebook because they don't want to be isolated and it offers support but the risks are high. Facebook can cause a deadly trigger, all these UK murders are linked to Facebook activity:

  • Lisa Beverley, 30, London was beaten to death by Adam Dunn in front of their 5-year-old son because she kept posting comments on Facebook about his child support payments. 
  • Edward Richardson, 41, was convicted of killing 26-year-old Sarah Richardson in a "frenzied and brutal attack" at her parents' home in Staffordshire. He became enraged when Sarah changed her marital status on Facebook to single
  • Hayley Jones, 26, mother of 4 was murdered by her partner who was drunk and high on drugs for changing her status.
  • Clifford Mills 49, murdered his ex-partner Lorna Smith 45, after creating a bogus Facebook account and befriending her. He became jealous when Lorna shared with her “new friend” she was seeing someone new.
  • Paul Bristol 25, murdered Camille Mathurasingh, 27 when he saw a picture of his ex-girlfriend with her new boyfriend on Facebook. Bristol flew 4,000 miles from Trinidad to England and murdered her in her East London home.

If abuse victims are going to use Facebook then we have to take steps to increase the privacy and security and those around them. Working with police/IDVAs I developed a presentation for victims on how abusers use FB, the risks and how to change their security/privacy setting. There is also a workbook that shows step by step what settings should be used.

This is a tool that DV workers can use with their clients. It helps motivate clients to make the changes by explaining the risks. I also have a presentation on online dating apps. The cost is £125 per office. Those booking my £500 half day training get both tools for free. A half-day in-house training on mobile safety and apps includes a presentation for abuse victims and workbooks (limited offer) The training covers:

  1. Understanding digital vulnerabilities domestic abuse victims face
  2. Security and mobiles
  3. Top 5 challenges when using social media such Tinder; Facebook
  4. Explore ways to reduce safeguarding risks
  5. Easy to use tools and guidance to use with victims.

If either the presentation/workbook or training is of interest, please email jennifer@digital-trust.org

 

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