Digital Violence: Understanding Trauma-informed Methods of Care

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 21, 2022

Francesca Rossi
Francesca Rossi, LCSW
Thriving Through

What is digital violence and what does it look like when we’re reliant on technology to stay connected? This session will help service providers better understand digital violence and the trauma impact on those who have experienced it. Trauma from digital violence often goes unrecognized due to providers lack of assessment and understanding. This training helps to identify tech facilitated abuse and understand it within the lens of gender-based violence. The mental health impact of being abused through digital methods and platforms can have devastating effects on a person’s global functioning, including their ability to communicate through technology. For those who have suffered online abuse, connecting through digital methods can reactivate trauma symptoms and destabilize them in personal and professional settings. There is a constellation of trauma within digital abuse that needs to be untangled otherwise it becomes a barrier to treatment, especially as forms of communication and engagement are web based and digital. Being trauma-informed in our digital communication methods is a form of prevention when working with survivors of violence. This session will reduce the stigma of “cyber” based abuse by supporting providers to learn digital upstanding behaviors. Building safety with survivors in digital spaces is essential as our world continues to be lived online.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify what digital violence is and the mental impact on those who have experienced it. 
  • Identify trauma-informed communication methods when using technology to build safe digital space. 
  • Recognize how to assess for and identify digital abuse and tech facilitated trauma symptoms. 
  • Examine recommendations on how to apply this learning to telehealth therapeutic practices

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