Cyber violence & perpetrator work

Learn to fight the new tools of intimate partner violence

Cyber violence in relationships is not a separate phenomenon from "real world" violence. It often follows the same patterns as offline violence and is associated with negative psychological and social consequences, as well as worsening quality of life and, often, physical, psychological and sexual violence. Indeed, with the help of social media and smartphones, perpetrators can make their partners feel paranoid and instil in them a constant sense of fear. This two-day practice-based and interactive training is designed for perpetrator work professionals of all levels of experience.

Training agenda

  • Understand cyberviolence and its connection with offline violence
  • Different types of cyberviolence (cyberharassment, cyberstalking, non-consensual sharing of images)
  • Prevalence of cyberviolence and it’s impact on different levels of society
  • In depth: non-consensual sharing of images and cyberharassment
  • Existing European legal framework around cyberviolence and gaps
  • Link between coercive control and cyberviolence
  • Impact on and psychological consequences for victims of cyberviolence
  • Characteristics of perpetrators who use cyberviolence
  • Incorporating assessments of cyberviolence in your every-day work with perpetrators
  • Modern tools for assessment developed within the Destalk project
  • Key elements of cyberviolence assessment on real-life case studies
  • Working on cyberviolence in group work
  • Suggestions for structures of group sessions
  • Risk assessment with focus on cyberviolence in work with survivors
  • Safety planning with survivors in cases of identified cyberviolence
  • Tools for ensuring safety of cyberviolence survivors developed within the Destalk project

The trainers

Elena Gajotto

With over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector, Elena Gajotto has been working as a project manager and designer, with a primary focus on the social inclusion of migrants and gender-based violence. Elena has a degree in translation and interpreting, and is also a certified cultural mediator, specialized in working with migrant victims of violence.

Letizia Baroncelli

Dr Letizia Baroncelli, Psychologist and Member of the CAM Board, deals with the contacts of the partners with the men who are responsible for the project, with the planning, training and awareness-raising and prevention activities with minors and all citizens. She is the author of the WWP manual for the assessment of cyberviolence and work with the perpetrators.

The training gave a clear understanding of cyberviolence, including its complicated nuances. This is valuable for working with perpetrators, but also victims. The training gave practical and needed ideas on how to assess and intervene.

Heldi McCaskill (Estonia)