Online Harassment Support Initiatives

From Gender and Tech Resources

Revision as of 11:01, 13 December 2017 by Roseregina (Talk | contribs) (added heartmob)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)

This is a page that lists initiatives that can provide support to persons subjects to online harassment campaigns and/or targeted attacks.


  • Take Back the Tech

Take Back the Tech! is a collaborative campaign to reclaim information and communication technologies (ICT) to end violence against women (VAW). The campaign calls on all information and communications technologies (ICTs) users – especially women and girls – to take control of technology and strategically use any ICT platform at hand (mobile phones, instant messengers, blogs, websites, digital cameras, email, podcasts and more) for activism against gender-based violence. Take Back the Tech! accompanies the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (November 25 – December 10 each year) with daily actions that explore different aspects of violence against women and ICT tools.


Arab Region


  • Pakistan:

Digital Rights Foundation aims to strengthen protections for human rights defenders (HRDs), with a focus on women's rights, in digital spaces through policy advocacy & digital security awareness-raising. In addition, one of our aims at the Foundation is also to protect women from work and cyber-harassment that they have to deal with through out their lives. We make them aware of their rights.

America Latina

  • Brasil:

Marialab is a feminist hacerkspace located in Sao Paolo that provides training and workshops about gender based online violence and holistic security for feminists and gender social justice organisations.


  • Germany:
  • Spain/Catalonia:

Donestech is a cyberfeminist and activist research group founded in 2006. It develops research inasmuch as workshops and audiovisual productions in relation to gender relations to ICT access, uses of and desires. It also provides training and workshops about gender based online violence and holistic security for feminists and gender social justice organisations.

  • United Kingdom:

CHAYN is an open-source project that leverages technology to empower women against violence and oppression so they can live happier and healthier lives. Running solely on the passion of skilled volunteers, Chayn leverages technology to address the problems women face today. We are also a pro bono service to charities who work with vulnerable women.

North America

  • 7 Cups of Tea

7 Cups of Tea is an on-demand emotional health and well-being service. Our bridging technology anonymously & securely connects real people to real listeners in one-on-one chat. They provide Group support chat, Support forum, Self help guides and Mindfulness exercises.

  • Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS)

Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) strives for a community in which people of all backgrounds, gender expressions or identities, and experiences can feel safe occupying public spaces. In this community, individuals will hold themselves accountable to each other and to the community at-large for preventing public gender-based violence and fostering a safe and harassment-free environment free of the negative influences of power and control. Until we are able to achieve this, CASS wants every community member to feel safe and comfortable addressing public sexual harassment and assault, whether they witness or experience it.

  • Crash override network (USA)

Crash Override is a support network and assistance group for victims and targets of unique forms of online harassment, composed entirely of experienced survivors. Our network includes experts in information security, white hat hacking, PR, law enforcement, legal, threat monitoring, and counselling. Most, if not all, of our agents are former clients. Prior to formal launch, our trial runs had great success in helping victims lock down their information, prevent SWATing attempts, and feel like they were back in control of their online life.

  • Ciber Civil Rights Initiative (USA)

CCRI mission is to help victims of online harassment by: providing victims with support and referral services; Raising awareness and educating the public about the nature and prevalence of online abuse; Working with technology industry leaders to encourage the development of design-based solutions to non-consensual pornography and other forms of online abuse; and advocating for state and federal legislation to prevent such abuse, when appropriate.

  • HeartMob (USA, Canada)

HeartMob is a project of Hollaback!, a non-profit organization powered by a global network of local activists who are dedicated to ending harassment in public spaces. The premise for HeartMob is simple: we want to fight fire with water. Bystander intervention is a best practice for addressing all forms of violence, but so often when harassment happens in person people aren’t around, and if they are around, they aren’t sure what to do. The internet solves some of these problems: when online harassment happens, people are almost always around and if they aren’t around, they can be quickly summoned to show up. Through HeartMob, people can ask for exactly the kind of support they need, when they need it. Our goal is to reduce trauma for people being harassed online by giving them the immediate support they need -- and in doing that work, create an army of good so powerful that it can disrupt and ultimately transform the hearts and minds of those perpetuating online harassment.

  • Online Abuse Prevention Initiative (USA):

OAPI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing and mitigating online abuse through: the study and analysis of abuse patterns; the creation of anti-harassment tools and resources; collaboration with key tech companies seeking to better support their communities. Focused on creating changes at an infrastructural level, OAPI seeks to help others understand the patterns and behaviors common in online abuse and what can be done to mitigate it quickly and easily. By working with strategic partners like Crash Override Network, we can quickly identify the critical items that allow sustained online harassment campaigns to go unchecked.

  • SOS Online Network (USA):

Online SOS is dedicated to ensuring that professional support is available to everyone suffering from online harassment. We currently are able to provide support based on the generosity of and partnership with individual donors and institutional funders who share our vision for the kind of world we want to create together.

  • Women, Action and the Media (USA, Canada)

WAM is a people-powered independent nonprofit dedicated to building a robust, effective, inclusive movement for gender justice in media. They are also a strong, growing community of people engaged with media, learning and sharing capacity and skills needed to build a media ecosystem that represents the diversity of our lives and stories.