Abuse and oppression can take many forms, including physical, sexual, psychological, social, racial, and cultural, many of which cases result in injury or death, either at the hands of a perpetrator, or by suicide.
The Internet can play many roles in situations of abuse or oppression – as a medium for mental and emotional control, as a research and communication tool, and as a storage medium to document or propagate the abuse either in words or images.
In 2011, there were 2,823 victims of “honour-based” violence in the United Kingdom alone, according to the Irish Independent News. Globally, thousands of deaths per year are attributable to this cause and two-thirds of the victims, mostly women, are killed by their families of origin.
Enabling and empowering victims, de-anonymizing perpetrators, and preventing future occurrences are focal topics in our training programs, as well as conducting risk assessments and threat reduction, and preventing related and subsequent crimes such as blackmail, and ensuring that the privacy and security of the victims and investigators are protected.