The Internet & Intimate Partner Violence: Technology Changes, Abuse Doesn’t

Although intimate partner abuse and harassment perpetrated through technology can look different than in-person abuse or harassment, the goals and motives are still the same: power and control. Technology allows an abuser to assert that power and control by keeping tabs on their partner – by knowing who the survivor talks to, what they do, and where they go. This is a key aspect of control. Because so many people live their lives on the Internet, it is a treasure trove of information, allowing abusers to stay informed and in control of their victims. This Strategies Newsletter provides an overview of online abuse and offers solutions for documenting the abuse, supporting survivors, and holding offenders accountable.