WATCHDOG

08.02.13

Facebook Publishes Guide for Abuse Survivors

Teamed up with the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Facebook and the National Network to End Domestic Violence have released a privacy and safety guide for survivors of domestic abuse. The guide offers tips to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking maintain relationships on Facebook while protecting themselves from further violence by managing their friends, updating their privacy settings, and using specific safety tools on the site. The NNEDV has been a part of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board since 2010. “Privacy and safety go hand in hand for survivors,” according to Cindy Southworth and Erica Olsen of NNEDV. “The most dangerous time for a victim of abuse is when they are preparing to leave or have left an abusive partner. It is critical that survivors have the information that they need to navigate their lives safely and, in today’s digital age, a significant part of our lives are online.”