Domestic violence spreads online

16:54 Sep 3 2013 London, UK

After a decade of abuse at the hands of her violent ex-partner, Lucy thought she had finally escaped and hoped she and her five-year-old daughter could once again be happy. But having built up the strength and confidence to escape to a refuge and leave her ex-partner, she discovered escaping him online was even more difficult.

Lucy has now moved out of the area where she lived with her abuser and has remarried, but as recently as a few months ago her ex-partner was sending messages via other people to her new husband and setting up anonymous online accounts to contact her.

When Lucy told the police about the attempts to contact and abuse her online she received little support, she said. "When it comes to Facebook the police just don't want to know."

Lucy reviews her privacy settings weekly, and when she feels threatened, shuts down her account."Being bullied online brings it all back – you can heal from a punch in the face, but the mental torture never goes away."
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