Trackers being used by abusers
As technology advances, it has been revealed by Refuge that trackers are being used by abusers.
Victoria Derbyshire programme had Refuge talk to them about this worrying trend in domestically abusive relationships.
Some technology is making it easier for abusers to control their partners. And worryingly, more able to stalk and harass them when they find the courage to leave.
“Technology enables us to do so much more. Gadgets in the home and ones we carry with us, help us keep track of fitness, diaries, ask questions. However, this news shows that they are being used by abusive partners to control and spy.”
Refuge have identified a pattern of technology being used in abuse and domestic violence.
Their database suggests that 68% of all cases of technology abuse also involve domestic violence.
Experiences were told on:
- When in an abusive relationship, one woman told of how her partner used the smart TV and iPad in the kitchen to spy on her.
- On getting the courage to leave an abusive relationship, another woman tells of when her ex-partner turned up when she met a friend, after she entered the meet on her calendar linked to her email account. She had moved area, so this was not by chance.
Louise Ashwell, a casework of the tech unit at Refuge says,
“We had loads of women who were telling us, ‘I’m going to the police, I’m going to these agencies and they all think I’m crazy. It sounds like something out of a thriller …”
“...kids would come back from having seen their parent and those little location trackers might have been sewed into the lining of their coat, they might have been sewn into the lining of a toy, their teddy bears. It’s happening and we can’t pretend it’s not.”
Whilst it can be scary to leave an abusive relationship, it makes it important to create a support network.
Seek advice from refuges and abuse charities.
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