About Us |
Vision & Mission |
We believe everyone should be free to use technology without fear of harm from abusive partners or others. Survivors of abuse should have access to the resources, knowledge, and other support they need to keep themselves safe online and on their devices. Their voices should be at the center of technology design.
We work directly with survivors to determine if someone is using technology to harm them -- and what they can do to stay safe. We also facilitate cutting-edge research to understand how abusers can misuse technology.
Building on this firsthand knowledge, we advocate for laws and policies that include better protections from technology abuse, and publish resources for others who would like to help survivors.
Intimate partner violence (IPV), also known as domestic violence, and stalking are widespread social ills. In the US, estimates suggest that at least one in three women and approximately the same number of men have reported experiencing physical forms of IPV, sexual violence, or stalking during their lifetimes. These numbers are based on what people are willing to disclose, and the true figures are likely higher. They also do not capture all forms of IPV or other abuse.
And the status quo today is that technology empowers abusers, not survivors.
Increasingly, perpetrators of abuse use digital technologies to harm their victims. Some of their most powerful tools include the same e-mail, cloud, and social media platforms millions of people use every day. By breaking into accounts, abusers can gain a powerful and dangerous trove of information about where their victims are and what they are doing. They can also install "spyware" on phones and computers to watch what victims do, learn their passwords, and more. Read research on tech-enabled abuse >
The Team |
We are part of Cornell Tech, a campus of Cornell University located in New York City. Our team is led by the Clinic Director and faculty members in Cornell's Computer Science and Information Science departments, and also includes faculty at New York University.
Our clinic volunteers are graduate students who have expertise in fields such as computer security, human-computer interaction, and computer programming. They receive special training on detecting technology-related abuse and working with people who have survived trauma.
We provide our clinic services through a collaboration with the New York City Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV).
Get Involved |
If you live in or near New York City and have tech expertise, we welcome your application to volunteer with us. We urgently need volunteers to help us serve survivors in a variety of ways, from meeting directly with clinic clients to creating online resources for survivors and support workers. Volunteer application (coming soon) >
Our clinic activities are generously supported by Cornell University.
Our research on tech-enabled intimate partner violence is supported by the National Science Foundation, corporations such as Google and Facebook, and individual donors.
Support Us |
We are a group of university-based volunteers, clinic staff, and researchers. All of our tools, materials, resources, and software are open-source and free for anyone to download, use, and adapt.
We need your support! We are able to receive donations via Cornell's gift mechanism. Cornell University is a US 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax-deductible.