Our Expert Family Solicitors Discuss the Worrying Increase in UK Domestic Abuse Cases Involving Technology
Posted on 27th May 2021
Our Expert Family Solicitors Discuss the Worrying Increase in UK Domestic Abuse Cases Involving Technology.
In the past year, we have become increasingly reliant on technology for our everyday lives. Whether this is conducting work calls over Skype, a happy hour over Zoom, or ordering the weekly groceries online, a life of tech has become the new norm for many. Still, there is a dark side to this online world, where perpetrators of domestic abuse use it to terrorise and violate their victims.
This is something many of us would not even consider, but specialist providers of domestic abuse investigation services in England and Wales have warned that cases involving technology have sky-rocketed in the past twelve months. These cases require specialist support and attention, and here at MG Legal, ‘local solicitors near me’, we know how stressful they can be for victims.
What is tech abuse?
Many of us see technology as an innocent way of improving our connections and saving time, but it is not always this innocent. Domestic violence ruin lives every day, affecting around one in four women at some point in their lives. Still, this statistic is growing, and the perpetration of this abuse is becoming much easier with technological advances. Our expert family solicitors have seen a number of domestic abuse cases in which technology has played a key role.
Examples of tech abuse by partner/abuser include, but are not limited to:-
repeatedly calling, texting and messaging you online regardless of whether you offer them a response
Sending friend requests/trying to get in contact with your friends and family online
Posting defamatory or hurtful posts/information about you online in order to incite others to abuse or harass you
Insisting on having access to, or knowing the passwords to, your personal social media accounts or online banking
Interacting with your business/workplace social media accounts in order to get in contact with you or further incite the abuse
Sharing, or threatening to share, personal information of photos of you to cause you distress and embarrassment
Creating fake social media accounts or names in order to contact you, directly or indirectly
Attempting to access your social media/banking/email accounts without permission to access your personal information
Installing, or attempting to install, tracking software onto your devices in order to track your whereabouts
These actions are not part of a healthy relationship. If your partner, or the partner of somebody you know, has acted in this way, or similarly, then you may be experiencing domestic violence using technology.
I think that I, or somebody that I know, may be experiencing domestic tech abuse, what can I do?
A lot of the above behaviour is now part of ‘coercive control’ which became a criminal offence under the Serious Crime Act 2015 after much campaigning by Women's Aid and other such organisations. First of all, it is necessary to establish, and reassure you, that any kind of domestic violence is a crime, and should not be tolerated. If you feel that somebody close to you may be suffering in a relationship of domestic abuse, then it is best to try and sit them down and talk to them about it before taking any further action on their behalf. This can be challenging, and they could well be in detail about their situation, but there are helpful resources online to help, here.
After having an open discussion, or if you think that you yourself may be experiencing domestic violence through technology, then get in touch with our expert team of family lawyers today, here. We specialise in all aspects of family law issues, including divorce and child contact issues, and can help you to get out of your abusive relationship.
Why choose MG Legal, Solicitors near me?
Well, there is nothing our expert family lawyers haven't seen or done in the family courts. We know that the advice that you receive could affect the rest of your life: so we sit, listen, and advise as to the options in a calm and relaxed environment. We then do more than any other legal team to get you the outcome that you want and need. Our success rates are second to none - read our glowing reviews, here. Make sure you choose the right legal team to back you.
How can I contact MG Legal regarding domestic abuse?
Our team can be contacted from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, online, here, or at your local office in Lancaster, Garstang, or Longridge.
If it’s outside of Office hours, contact our team via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our expert team will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your enquiry.
MG Legal - Your Local Solicitors
Share this post: