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Spyware Abuse Can Include Domestic Abuse

Posted by familydynamics on February 2, 2008

On Thursday, the Anti-Spyware Coalition met in Washington. Included were experts from McAfee, Google, and the Pew Internet & American Life project to discuss the latest in spyware trends. In addition to the well-known damage caused by spyware–hawking advertising, stealing passwords, and slowing down PCs–McAfee is calling attention to a little known aspect of spyware: domestic abuse.

“Using spyware for surveillance in cases of domestic abuse is a serious matter,” says Anna Stepanov, who manages the Anti-Spyware program at McAfee Avert Labs. She’s written a report titled Spyware: A Morphing Campaign (in PDF), which chronicles recent spyware trends including domestic abuse. “Monitoring a victim’s online, cell phone, or general computing activity is of more value than ever in controlling or hurting a victim.”

The National Network to End Domestic Violence offers computer use tips to protect against such abuse.

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Helping Domestic Violence Victims Overcome PTSD

Posted by familydynamics on January 22, 2008

A researcher from the Summa-Kent State Center for Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress is launching the second phase of a study geared toward ending the lingering effects of domestic violence by treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Dawn Johnson, clinical coordinator for the traumatic stress center, recently received $525,000 from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop a treatment program for battered women in shelters.

Through the three-year study, Johnson wants to develop a one-on-one counseling program that she has already been testing among women in the Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties since 2003.

If you live in Ohio, please check into this program if you are in need of help. 

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Actress Nicole Kidman Lends Support Against Domestic Violence

Posted by familydynamics on December 20, 2007

A large number of children will witness the abuse of their mothers, which will have a significant impact on them.

Domestic abuse can mean huge losses for children and young people. They often have to move house, leave behind family, friends, pets and possessions and are more likely to experience homelessness, poverty and social exclusion.

They often feel very frightened, isolated, angry and confused, and the combination of these factors can have a detrimental impact on their educational attainment and their physical and mental health.

As a result of the above, Actress Nicole Kidman is backing the Scottish Government’s latest campaign to end violence against women.


The Oscar-winning actress has made ending domestic abuse a top priority in her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Now she has given her support to the latest phase of the government’s campaign against such abuse.

Let’s join Ms. Kidman in her fight to end domestic abuse.

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