Measuring Cyberstalking and Digital Domestic Abuse Across the Lifespan

Beginning on November 1, 2015, the Digital Trust Foundation will fund a new research project titled “Measuring Cyberstalking and Digital Domestic Abuse Across the Life Span.”  Led by Amanda Lenhart and Michele Ybarra of the Center for Innovative Public Health Research, and including Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling of the Gulf Coast Behavioral Health and Resiliency Center, this Data & Society Research Institute project will conduct a nationally representative landline and mobile phone survey of 3,000 Americans ages 15 years and older to quantify the prevalence of cyberstalking and digital domestic violence, including cyber-exploitation. Recognizing that witnessing abuse can also have a negative impact, the researchers will further investigate the extent to which people witness others’ abusive behavior online. The survey will also examine how online privacy behavior may relate to and even protect against online abuse. The study aims to provide a better understanding of how abuse is perpetrated and experienced through technology, particularly across age groups, and will release a publicly available, publicly accessible report detailing its findings.