Supporting Survivors of Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence

On June 6th, Sonshine attended Women’s Shelter’s Canada’s “Supporting Survivors of Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence” Webinar Training.  

The webinar shed light on the growing dangers of Digitally Enhanced Violence (DEV), a disturbing trend in our increasingly connected world. It explored the ways in which technology can be misused as a tool to perpetrate violence, particularly targeting women and marginalized communities. 

95% of shelters and transition house respondents report that abusers misuse technology to stalk, harass and control women. (WSC, 2023). 

Here are just a few examples of the various forms of technology-facilitated gender-based violence takes.  

  • Threats & Harassment 
  • Stalking & Surveillance 
  • Impersonation & Fraud 
  • Image Based Abuse 
  • Limiting Access 

Throughout the informative session, our team gained valuable insights and strategies to address these pressing issues. Moreover, we explored the impact of such violence on survivors and discussed ways to provide support and assistance. 

Through engaging presentations, expert panel discussions, and real-life case studies, the webinar training fostered an environment of learning and collaboration. Attendees gained practical knowledge on identifying signs of TFGBV, offering trauma-informed support, and advocating for policy changes to ensure survivor safety in both physical and digital spaces. 

Sonshine’s participation in this webinar training further strengthens our commitment to empowering survivors and creating a safer and more inclusive society. By staying informed and proactively addressing the challenges of TFGBV, we strive to make a meaningful impact in the lives of those affected by gender-based violence. 

We would like to extend our gratitude to Women’s Shelter Canada for organizing this informative and thought-provoking webinar training. Their dedication to raising awareness, providing education, and promoting survivor-centered approaches is truly commendable. We encourage all our community members to spread awareness and get involved in our initiatives to combat gender-based violence.