The internet, applications and social media can be misused to harass, bully, violate, monitor, blackmail and spread images or videos that you don't want out there. It may also be that you are sent or shown abusive material. The word Digital violence is not a "separate" form of violence, but is a term used when various digital platforms are arenas for violence and abuse.
Digital violence includes psychological violence, physical violence, sexual violence, negative social control, economic violence and other forms of violence. Many of the different types of violence occur at the same time. One can, for example, be exposed to physical violence, and at the same time experience surveillance via mobile and PC, or be blackmailed into performing sexual acts online.
Forms of digital violence
- Threats, spreading rumours, nasty messages via the internet
- Tracking, monitoring, stalking and control on mobile and PC. (Also applies to video surveillance in the home)
- Eavesdropping and use of software designed for surveillance (Stalkerware)
- Being exposed to sexualized language and material with sexualized or violent content.
- Being pressured to perform sexual acts, posing, stripping, touching in front of a web camera or similar.
- Hacking and abusing social media or digital devices.
- Identity theft, fake profiles and ordering goods and services in someone's name.
( What Is Digital Violence?, Dinutvei.no .)
Consequences of digital violence
According to dinutvei.no, there is still insufficient research in the field. But there is every reason to believe that the harmful effects of digital violence can be just as extensive and serious as with other types of physical violence. ( What Is Digital Violence?, Dinutvei.no . )
Not least, there are major consequences if the digital violence involves spreading images or video material. Such content can be seen by the whole world and will never disappear completely.
- Common reactions after violence, rape or other sexual assault p
- Consequences and aftereffects of psychological violence
Exposed to digital violence - What do I do?
The same rules apply online as in real life. Different forms of digital violence need different measures. In most cases, we recommend reporting to the police and starting the collection of evidence yourself. You can find a guide for this HERE .
Below is information about different types of violence and what you can do:
- Distribution of nude photos and videos
- Bullying, incitement and harassment
- Identity theft and fake profiles
Help for intimate partner violence, sexual assault and rape:
Telephone: 22 40 00 40
Telephone: 800 57 000
Telephone: 90 90 48 48
relativesenteret.no - For adult relatives
young relatives - for children and young relatives
The violence and abuse line is a helpline for those who experience violence or abuse in close relationships
Telephone: 116 006
Telephone: 116 123
Here you can write about what is difficult in life. You can write an anonymous message and then reply within 24 hours.
Nationwide phone, chat and email service for young girls.
Telephone Trondheim: 73 52 10 00
Tuesday and Thursday
Telephone Tromsø: 77 63 32 65
Monday to Friday: 09:00-16:00
Telephone: 815 55 201
Telephone: 116 111
Free advice and guidance service for those who feel violated online.
telephone: 911 29 392