Expert body publishes recommendations to end online violence against women

The Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) has announced recommendations on how to prevent violence against women online.

The recommendation covers online acts of violence against women – such as sharing humiliating images, insults, and threats of death and rape – as well as also crimes perpetrated through the tracking technology reported on by cyber security companies.

GREVIO calls for action to prevent perpetrators from controlling a woman’s ability without her consent to acquire, use, and maintain economic resources by controlling bank accounts and financial activities through internet banking.

It also promotes digital literacy and online safety in formal education, as well as training on digital expressions of violence against women for relevant actors: from law-enforcement and criminal justice professionals, to members of the judiciary and health-care staff.

The recommendation suggests that internet intermediaries should share responsibility and take action to put an end to impunity for digital acts of gender-based violence and calls for equipping law enforcement with the necessary instruments and knowledge to effectively investigate and prosecute perpetrators.

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