Women’s Aid, the national domestic abuse charity, and Facebook have launched a new guide to empower women to stay safe online.

The guide by Women’s Aid and Facebook provides advice helping women and girls understand online risks, and includes tools  to protect themselves and stay safe on social media.

The guide is specifically designed to provide information and advice to survivors of domestic abuse, but is helpful for all women and girls concerned about their online safety.

Though many survivors of domestic abuse are already experts at managing their own risk and safety, Women’s Aid and Facebook have brought together some specific steps they can take to protect themselves online.

The guide has a lot of helpful tips – from how to report something that is abusive, to stopping an intimate, private or sexual image from being shared online.

It aims to help women take greater control of their own safety on Facebook, whilst staying connected to the people and causes they care about.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive, Women’s Aid said:

“Online abuse can be just as harmful and disturbing as abuse perpetrated in person, so we’re delighted that Facebook is working with us to tackle this issue. We hope the practical advice in this guide will help women feel safe and confident using social media. We want to ensure survivors experiencing online forms of abuse, coercion and control know that they can get help and support from Women’s Aid and Facebook.”

Caroline Millin, safety policy programmes at Facebook, added:

“We know that perpetrators of domestic abuse can abuse partners or ex-partners online. This behaviour is unacceptable and against Facebook’s Community Standards. We’re proud to be working with experts like Women’s Aid to empower women to stay safe online.”

The guide is available online from the Facebook newsroom

You can also download it here (pdf 3 MB).