What is Tech-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence?

Tech-facilitated gender-based violence, or TFGBV, happens when someone uses technology to harm or control you.

It can look like harassing text or social media messages, restricting access to technology, non-consensually sharing intimate images, using location-tracking technology, or threatening to do any of these.

It can happen to anyone, but especially to women, children, and gender-diverse people. BIPOC, those with disabilities, and the 2SLGTBQIA+ community are disproportionately affected.

TFGBV is sometimes called tech abuse, online harassment, or digital violence.

Tech Safety Canada

Tech Safety Canada is a project of Women’s Shelters Canada. It equips shelter and transition house workers with the knowledge and resources they need to support women, children, and gender-diverse people with their experiences of Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence (TFGBV) by scaling up BC Society of Transition House’s existing Technology Safety Project. This work draws on the experience of partners from WESNET Australia and the National Network to End Domestic Violence in the United States.

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