New guidance for practitioners supporting victims of ‘domestic cybercrime’
Working in partnership with charities, law enforcement, and independent domestic violence advisors, the UK NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) has created bespoke guidance to support practitioners working with victims of domestic cybercrime.
Whilst the term domestic abuse is broadly understood, ‘domestic cybercrime’ is less well known. It’s when an abuser uses digital technology to track, isolate and monitor their victims. This can range from monitoring emails, social media activity and internet history, to using smart cameras and speakers to covertly monitor victims in their own homes.
During lockdown, charities who work with victims of domestic abuse have reported increases in the number of people seeking advice relating to domestic cybercrime. This is unsurprising as we all rely on a plethora of devices that are increasingly connected to the internet; for work, at home, or out-and-about.
Social media ensures that we are constantly available and location tracking allows our whereabouts to be known and shared. Sadly, these services have made it even easier for perpetrators of domestic cyber abuse to carry out their crimes, with only a modicum of technical knowledge.
The guidance has been written for frontline practitioners who are supporting victims. It provides clear, practical advice that can be used in everyday scenarios to protect victims. It includes a section on preventative measures that victims can take to reduce the likelihood of an abuser being able to monitor their phones, computers, smart devices and online accounts.
If you are a practitioner working with victims of domestic abuse and would like access to the NCSC’s domestic cybercrime guidance, please send an email to [email protected] from your official work account.