Profiling Nordic Perpetrators of Gendered Online Abuse: Who, Why and How to Curb the Harm
The Nordic Digital Rights and Equality Foundation (NORDREF) – in collaboration with women’s shelters, police authorities and courts – will conduct research that aims to profile perpetrators of gender-based online abuse in Sweden, Denmark and Iceland, using various sources and methods.
The research will focus particularly on image-based sexual abuse, illegal threats and sexual harassment (including so-called dickpics). The ongoing pandemic has led to an uptake in use of digital communications and a rise in digital manifestations of violence against women, referred to as the ‘shadow pandemic’ by the UN. The negative impact this has on women’s both personal and public life has been evident in a Nordic and a global context.
Establishing a perpetrator profile such as age, gender, motive and relationship to the victim lays the foundation for evidence-based proposals with the aim of countering and ultimately preventing online abuse, which in turn strengthens democracy and gender-equality.
- Status: Ongoing
- Funded by: Nordic Gender Equality Fund
- Granted year: 2021
- Category: Genderbased violence
Nordic Digital Rights and Equality Foundation, Nordref, Sweden
Stígamót counselling center, Iceland
Bjarkarhlíð Family Justice Center, Iceland
National Organisation for Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Shelters in Sweden, ROKS, Sweden
The Danish Women’s Society’s Shelter, Denmark
The Swedish Police, Sweden
Nationalt Cyber Crime Center NC3, Denmark
The Icelandic Metropolitan Police, Iceland
Grant: 500 000 DKK
Thordis Elva Thorvaldsdottir, firstname.lastname@example.org