The Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Cyber Abuse

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Join us for a day of expert panels discussing issues specific to helping survivors of Cyber Abuse.

8:00-8:30: Breakfast and Registration - Main floor of law school, directly across from law library

8:30-9:00: Welcome and Keynote Speech - Moot Court Room, 7th floor

9:05-10:05: Panel 1 – Moot Court Room, 7th floor

  • Fighting Cyber Sexual Abuse: Criminal and Civil Litigation Strategies and City and State Legislation - This panel will discuss the ways in which abusers can harass, stalk, and coerce through technology and online spaces, the incredibly damaging effects of this harassment, and cases of victims who have been affected by this form of abuse. With their specific area of expertise in fighting cyber sexual abuse, the panelists will address strategies to fight cyber sexual abuse including family, civil, and criminal court remedies, such as specific proposed language for Orders of Protection addressing this abuse; criminal justice remedies regarding cyber sexual abuse, and remedies for victims to request take-downs of images and media online.

10:05-10:20: Break

10:20-11:20: Panel 2 – Moot Court Room, 7th floor

  • Tech Issues and Solutions- There are an increasing number of products, apps, and websites that make it easy for abusers to engage in multiple forms of tech abuse. As a result, abusers no longer need to be tech savvy in order to engage in serious tech abuse and harassment. This panel will discuss in detail some of the common forms of tech abuse used by perpetrators of intimate partner violence, as well as safety tips to help prevent tech abuse and technological interventions designed to help victims of this type of abuse.

11:25-11:50: When a Tornado Hits Your Life - Moot Court Room, 11th floor

  • Exploring Cyber Sexual Abuse: Survivors’ Perspectives on Coping - In February of 2019, New York joined 41 states—plus the District of Columbia—in passing legislation criminalizing the act of “revenge porn,” or cyber sexual assault (CSA). While this wave in legal representation represents a shift in recognition of the effects of cyber sexual assault, survivors continue to reconcile with societal norms that emphasize victim-blaming and risk-management strategies. We utilized a strengths-based research approach to capture the stories of individuals who consider themselves having overcome their experiences of CSA. Methods: Participants for this study were recruited through support groups, and then snowball sampling. We conducted interviews with eligible participants over a video-conferencing platform. At the time of the interview, participants completed a demographic form asking their age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and residence. The interviews investigated participants' experiences of CSA, and supportive resources utilized in the immediate, short-, and long-term. All interviews were audio-recorded, digitally transcribed, and then verified through manual editing. Both authors coded the data, met to determine consistency, and settled on themes. Results: The themes identified describe how survivors overcame their cyber sexual assault, including what resources were most helpful in this process. Participants described the lack of formal infrastructure able to support them, and how they created support in their lives. Conclusions: This data is the first that describes successful coping mechanisms for cyber sexual assault and should be used to develop best practices for future programming to support survivors.

11:50-1:00- Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:00 –Panel 3 – Moot Court Room, 7th floor

  • Special Considerations for Youth - In a world where technology has increasingly become the preferred method of communication for minors, so too has it become the most popular arena for abuse. In this panel, we will delve into the types of cyber and technology-enabled abuse most prevalently affecting children and adolescents. Our experts will explore topics ranging from the legal issues connected to intimate images of minors that are created by minors, the frequency and danger of cyber bullying, and effective and trauma-informed ways to speak with minors about this type of abuse.

2:00 – 2:15: Break and light snack

2:15-3:45: Facebook Presentations, dual track.

  • Subotnick center, 10th floor: Facebook law enforcement presentation For law enforcement personnel only

  • Moot Court Room, 7th floor: Facebook civil presentation

3:50-4:50: Panel 4 – Moot Court Room, 7th floor

  • Preserving, Gathering, and Introducing Evidence of Technology-Facilitated Abuse - Evidence of cyber sexual abuse can be found in many sources – often it is most easily obtained from the victim. But does that provide a sufficient foundation for evidence in court? Panelists will discuss gathering, preserving, and using digital evidence in cyber abuse cases. From what exactly happens when a victim turns their phone over to law enforcement, to the ways in which prosecutors utilize digital evidence to prove their case, and tips for civil advocates to help clients gather and preserve evidence and protect their privacy.

CLE credits will be provided.

No registration cost. Space is limited, so please only register if you know you can attend the full day.

Thank you to the following organizations for co-sponsoring this event:

  • Cyber Sexual Abuse Task Force
  • Kings County District Attorney’s Office - https://www.kcda.org/
  • Sanctuary for Families - https://sanctuaryforfamilies.org/
  • Legal Momentum - https://www.legalmomentum.org/
  • The Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence - https://www1.nyc.gov/site/ocdv/about/about-endgbv.page

Thank you to Brooklyn Law School for generously donating space for the conference.

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