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Tools and Resources


Emergency Situations



Emergency Situations

If the online harassment you are experiencing has escalated to immediate threats of harm against you, your coworkers, your friends, or your family, we recommend that you contact local authorities as soon as possible. The most appropriate place to start is with your local law enforcement agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Most social media platforms have reporting functions, (there is no centralized way to report harassment that spans platforms), but response times are rarely fast enough to address immediate threats or concerns.

Immediate Help


Crash Override Network provides crisis support and assistance to the targets of online harassment. They also engage in community outreach and education.

Heartmob from Hollaback, provides real-time support to people being harassed online

Trollbusters is a global, collaborative campaign project dedicated to helping journalists that are under attack.

iCanHelpLine is a social media helpline for schools.


These guides, which vary in scope, have been written by experts in security, digital privacy and gender-based violence. They are informed directly by the experiences of people who have themselves been the targets of online harassment and abuse.

As a basic security practice you should always use two-factor authentication, review your online profile regularly and set your browser preferences to “do not track.”Smart Privacy’s Privacy Test is a great way to start.

Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment: Feminist Frequency, Jaclyn Friedman and Renee Bracey Sherman

So, you’re getting harassed on the Internet. What do you do now? By Deanna Zandt

Online Harassment, Digital Abuse, and Cyberstalking in America by Amanda Lenhart, Michele Ybarra, Kathryn Zickuhr and Myesia Price-Feeney. PUblished by Data and Society

A Feminist’s Guide to Digital Security from Community Red

Violet Blue: How to Remove Yourself from People Databases

What is doxxing (with examples) and how do you avoid it from comparitech

So You’ve Been Doxed: A Guide to Best Practices from Crash Override

Securing Online and Offline Freedoms for Women: Expression, Privacy and Digital Inclusion Manual from Tactical Tech

Digital Hygiene Course from Trollbusters

Do It Yourself Online Safety Guide from Chayn


Cyber Civil Rights Initiative is a clearinghouse for information about non-consensual photography/pornography. CCRI supports victims and victim advocates, referring pro or low bono services to help them regain control of their search results and lives, and supports the passage of updated legislation.

Digital Rights Foundation, based in Pakistan, aims to strengthen protections for human rights defenders (HRDs), with a focus on women’s rights, in digital spaces through policy advocacy & digital security awareness-raising.

National Network to End Domestic Violence and SafetyNet Project: NNEDV’s Safety Net Project focuses on the intersection of technology and intimate partner abuse and works to address how it impacts the safety, privacy, accessibility, and civil rights of victims.

Online Abuse Prevention Initiative studies and analyses abuse patterns, creates anti-harassment tools and resources, collaborates with key tech companies seeking to better support their communities

Tactical Technology Collective provides information and supports a innovative digital technologies created by advocates and activists worldwide.

Take Back the Tech is a global, collaborative campaign project that works to take control of technology to end violence against women.




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