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Social media are online systems which allow community collaborative systems to communicate with large numbers of people at the same time. They are very useful for raising awareness, responding to questions, or posting information which may be useful to the public.

Helping Survivors Gather Evidence of Technology Abuse

Social media, texting, and emails are everywhere. And in the hands of an abuser, they become yet another tactic. For a domestic violence survivor trying to demonstrate the abuse to the court, however, documenting evidence of electronic abuse and harassment can be confusing – it’s not as simple as handing the judge your smartphone. This webinar will help you support your clients with guidance on evidence concepts and clear, step-by-step instructions for how to get tech abuse evidence in a form that the court can consider.

Stalking, Part II: Technological Misuse in Intimate Partner Violence Cases

Part II of this webinar series will explore ways in which offenders misuse technology, including smartphones, computers, cameras, global positioning systems (GPS), and many online spaces to harass, abuse, and stalk. We will explore evidentiary concerns including authentication and potentially fake evidence. As gatekeepers of the evidence, it is critical that judges understand what technology exists, how technology can be used against victims, and considerations for admitting the evidence. At the end of this webinar, participants will have a better understanding of how common technology can easily be misused by offenders as well as the evidentiary considerations the technology presents.

Teen Dating Violence: Cyber Abuse, Social Media, and the Courts

With more teens than ever using social media to connect with their friends, it is important that courts and court staff stay abreast of the latest trends and techniques used to abuse. Moreover, with nearly half of middle school students reporting they were victims of electronic dating violence, this webinar provides a better understanding of teen culture and the role technology plays in teen dating violence.