IT security community, research & education, civil society organisations and governmental authorities work together to tackle new forms of gender-based violence: cyberabuses and stalkerware in intimate relationships.
The DeStalk project will develop a multi-level capacity-building strategy to train and support professionals of victims support services and perpetrator programmes, officers of institutions and local governments, and other key stakeholders on recognising and taking action against cyberviolence.
Gender-based violence and online abuse are closely related. In Europe, one in ten women have experienced online violence since the age of fifteen and 20% of young women experience sexual harassment online. 70% of women who were cyberstalked are also survivors of physical and/or sexual violence by their partner or former partner. Likewise, 71% of domestic abusers monitor women’s computer activities while 54% track survivors’ cell phones with stalking software. The increase of stalkerware usage on users’ mobile devices at a global level is unrestrained with the most affected European countries being Germany, Italy, and France.
Cyber abuse and stalkerware represent increasingly widespread, often hidden, forms of gender-based violence. Sexual harassment and mysoginistic bullying, cyber stalking, revenge porn and secretly installing stalkerware apps on phones. All of this is part of the abuse perpetrated online against both women and girls.
DeStalk will increase capability of European local governments, gaining innovative instruments on how to develop an effective campaign, and extend the reach of professionals, with a huge multiplier effect beyond its end.
The DeStalk project will also raise awareness of general public on these new and widespread forms of violence, and call strategic actors to action.
- Develop an innovative e-learning platform and train key stakeholders targeting both professionals working in the IPV sector and public authorities and governments officials.
- Upgrade PP and VSS professionals’ tools and skills, allowing NGOs and services to upscale their service providers with an immediate impact on effectiveness of treatments.
- Perform a pilot territorial awareness-raising campaign and outline replication guidelines for strategic actors’ systemic action including services, institutions and policy makers.
- Disseminate about the training package, upgraded tools and replication guidelines, through online communication and other means at the regional and European level.
The e-learning course for the online interactive training of experts on cyber-gender-based-violence and stalkerware has been developed in English, German, Italian, French and Spanish, with the contribution of GBV experts and IT security Partners.
The online platform will offer a brand-new course to equip beneficiaries with all knowledge and tools based on behavioural science, data science and psychological and creative learning research. The online course will go live on 11th October 2021.
The online training is aimed at three target groups within the European Union: professionals of victim support services, professionals of perpetrator programmes and professionals working with government authorities. Through a self-paced e-learning package, professionals will understand what is defined as cyber-violence and stalkerware and how to recognise different forms of cyber-violence.
If you are working in the field within the European Union, register for the course by following this link.
Partners will analyse the existing corpus of tools used by programmes for perpetrators and support services for victims (e.g. IMPACT toolkit, ASAP Protocol for multi-agency cooperation, and relevant resources and practices used during programmes) and adapt the content to include detecting and addressing cyberviolence and stalkerware.
Read the report on "Adaptation of toolkit to address GBV to include cyberviolence and stalkerware" here.
Key stakeholders will cooperate to pilot territorial action and campaign. Guidelines and templates will be produced and tailorable for other territories of the European Union. The innovative outputs of the DeStalk project tackling online violence and stalkerware will be disseminated within strategic channels.
View the DeStalk campaign illustrations here.
The DeStalk project will be run throughout Europe thanks to the collaboration of an international and interdisciplinary project team:
- Fundación Blanquerna, research and education organisation within the Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sports Sciences from Ramon Llull University, Spain – Coordination and scientific support
- Kaspersky, a leading global cybersecurity company – E-learning development and IT content expertise
- Regione del Veneto, the local government of Italy’s Veneto Region – Pilot campaign and public authority perspective
- Una Casa per l'Uomo, a civil society organisation working with victims and perpetrators in Italy – Training of practitioners in victim support services and perpetrator programmes
- WWP European Network, umbrella association for perpetrator programmes – Dissemination and GBV knowledge
An external Advisory Board will supervise and support DeStalk’s excellence:
- Hauke Gierow, Director Cybersecurity Practice at PIABO PR
- Martijn Grooten, Special Advisor to the Coalition Against Stalkerware
- Mariangela Zanni, member of the Board of the Italian national network of women support centres D.i.Re Donne in Rete contro la violenza
- Cristina Bonucchi, Psychologist and Senior Technical Director of the Italian State Police - Postal and Communications Police Service - Cybercrime Analysis Unit - 2nd Division
- Patrizia Torretta, D.T.S Psychologist of Italian State Police
DeStalk is developed within the cooperation with the Coalition Against Stalkerware.
Berta Vall - FPCEE Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University - bertavc(at)blanquerna.url.edu
Dimitra Mintsidis – WWP European Network – d.mintsidis(at)work-with-perpetrators.eu
Read about The State of Stalkerware in 2019 (Coalition against Stalkerware/ Kaspersky)
Read about The State of Stalkerware in 2020 (Coalition against Stalkerware/ Kaspersky)
Read the Digital Stalking in Relationships Report (by Kaspersky with results from 21 countries)
Read about Combating Gender-Based Violence: Cyberviolence (European Value Added Assessment)
Responsible Together Campaign 2020: Together against cyber violence!
Responsible Together Campaign 2020: Cyber violence in intimate relationships
Responsible Together Campaign 2020: Stalkerware
Responsible Together Campaign 2020: Cyberbullying and online violence
Read the Cyber violence against women and girls report by EIGE