Gender-Based Violence refers to harmful acts which target someone because of their gender. It can happen to anyone of any gender, but it disproportionately affects women.
Information technology has allowed Gender-Based Violence to take new forms. This includes cyberstalking, online harassment, and sharing intimate images online without consent.
Everyone has an equal right to safety as they work or study.
To combat Gender-Based Violence through IT, we've put together some information that might be helpful.
Taking preventative measures can make it more difficult for abusers to access your private information n.
For people who are currently experiencing Gender-Based Violence, it may be difficult to take such measures. They may not have full control over the choices made about their IT equipment and accounts.
However, where it's safe to do so, even following some of this guidance can close off avenues for abuse.
Use the following advice for guidance on how to protect yourself:
If you want to contact the police, contact them BEFORE deleting anything.
Even if you do not want to contact the police, you should still gather evidence of the abuse first. Do this before taking any other steps.
We understand you might want to delete or take down anything hurtful immediately. However, taking a screenshot can help support any report of abuse to the University or other bodies.
Block and report
You may want to get support after experiencing Gender-Based Violence. Even if you're not sure what kind of support you need, or if you need any, it can help to talk it over:
- On-campus Rape Crisis Support
- Student counselling service
- Staff PAM Assist programme
- Organisations dealing with gender-based violence (pdf)
For more information about Gender-Based Violence, see Equally Safe in Higher Education
For more information about cybersecurity, see Cybersecurity.
If you have any questions or concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org.