Welcome. We believe you.

If you are in need of immediate support/help

Crash Override Network has an email helpline
Heart Mob can help you create a safety plan and offer support
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline has people 24/7 to talk you through a crisis so severe that you are considering self-harm.

If you are a journalist or media maker, you might also look into TrollBuster’s new Pilot Monitoring Services.

The Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) and the Purple Sisters Youth Advisory committee have developed Tech Without Violence, a set of resources to help prevent, respond to and support individuals experiencing online gender-based violence or harassment—known as cyberviolence.They have site-specific strategies for dating apps and social media platforms as well as some excellent online safety tips.

Below are a series of tips and tools for addressing the violences you’re currently experiencing. We have information on how to document, block, and report harassment. At the bottom of the page are a series of additional resource links.


Protect Yourself

Self-care is important all of the time, but especially when you’re experiencing harassment and/or being abused. Where possible, take time for yourself and surround yourself with people you trust. At the same time, it may be hard to explain to people what you’re going through. Crash Override has a helpful guide to talking to friends and the police that may be useful. One of the particularly pernicious forms of online harassment targets family members, so it may be a good idea to share news and resources with family as well.

If you are in physical danger, consider staying with a friend or family member until you are more secure. Also consider developing or activating a network of people who you can call should you find yourself at risk or simply overwhelmed. If you feel safe doing so, talk to your employer so that they hear from you first. If you have children, talk to their caregivers and/or teachers.

If you are concerned that you may be SWATTED because you have been doxed and your physical address has been released, you can use this sample letter to notify local police.

My personal information, including [address/phone number/social security number (as appropriate)] were recently posted on the internet by someone who is harassing/stalking me. There is a chance that someone may call in a fake bomb or hostage threat at my address as part of the harassment, so I wanted to reach out and let you know that this could happen. If you receive a threat like this for my address, I need you to call my cell number before sending emergency responders.

In addition to taking care of your bodily and emotional well-being, there are concrete steps you can take to “lock down” your digital identity.

While local laws vary regarding recording phone calls, you can explore these tips and software to record calls across a range of devices.



The first step in taking any kind of legal action (which is frustratingly hard) is to create screen shots of all harassment. If you plan to file a complaint or contact the police it is essential that you document what you are experiencing – while the Internet may be forever, savvy users can delete harmful content and collecting evidence is important. For more information on pursuing legal protections against online harassment, check out our Histories and the Law resource page. You may also want to go directly to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative’s resources regarding state and national laws.

Download all harassing emails and include as much information about the source, time, etc as is possible. Consider storing these on a non-networked device like a flash drive for additional security.

Online harassment can go on for a long period and has real effects on your health and well-being. Consider asking a trusted network of friends or family to help you document the harassment.

File a complaint with the Federal Internet Crime Center

Here are a few tutorials on capturing and documenting online violence


Block the people who are harassing you. Tools like BlockTogether and the Twitter shared block list can help you and your community keep some harassment at bay.


Mitigating Internet Trollstorms (Geek Feminism Wiki)

Additional General Resources

So You’ve Been Doxed: A Guide on What to Do Next (Crash Override Network)

Self-Defense in an Online War (Jaym Gates)

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (the Internet to Ruin Your Life) by Zoe Quinn

Online Abuse Crisis Helpline (Crash Override Network)

How to Remove Yourself from People Search Websites (ZDNet)

Cyberbullying Basics (

Mitigating Internet Trollstorms (Geek Feminism Wiki)

Stay Safe Online (National Cyber Security Alliance)

Additional Resources for Children & Teenagers

Online Abuse Crisis Helpline for Youth (Working to Hault Online Abuse, Kids-Teens Division)

Internet Safety for Kids: Cyberbullying and Cyberharassment (

Additional Resources for Women

#GamerGate Survival Guide (Jon Jones)

Telling My Troll Story Because Kathy Sierra Left Twitter (Adrian Richards, Storify)

Search results for ‘speaking out against hate directed at women’ (Skepchick)