Rushcliffe: Domestic violence expert supports launch of new guidelines

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Be aware of cyber-stalking

31 January 2012

Rushcliffe’s domestic violence expert Wendy Green is speaking at a National Women’s Aid conference in London tomorrow (1 February) where new cyber-stalking guidelines are being launched.

‘Digital stalking: a guide to technology risks for victims’ is being launched at Women’s Aid headquarters (Emmanual Centre, Marsham Street, SW1) at 4pm. Wendy will be talking about what some survivors experience and how useful it has been to link into this work for residents.

Rushcliffe has been working with Jennifer Perry, expert spokesperson on cyber-stalking, to help produce an informative guide about the use of the internet and mobile phone technology to harm/harass people. 

Wendy says: “We’ve raised awareness about the harm caused and the difficulties experienced by the victims by holding workshops with children from local comprehensive schools.  We also gave out mouse-mats to make people aware of online dangers. In January, we ran a training day for criminal justice agencies, support workers and Women’s Aid to help understand the risks facing survivors of domestic abuse, and ways in which to gather evidence and help them.  These practitioners shared their experiences which contributed to the guide.  Jennifer gave us advice including drawing up contact orders in the family court and how to provide evidence eg that a perpetrator was using a fake Facebook profile to harass a survivor.”

Jennifer was a winner of the Council’s Community Partnership Community Safety Award in 2010 and the Council will continue to work with her in this area to help residents affected by cyber-stalking.

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