Righting Gender Wrongs: A Study of Law Enforcement Responses to Online Violence Against Women

This exploratory research study of gender-based cyber violence was led by IT for Change with feminist partners across six sites of study in India, and covered the states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The research used mixed methods – self administered surveys with college students between the ages of 19-23, key informant interviews with law enforcement officials, women’s rights lawyers and activists, family court lawyers, counselors, digital rights activists; and focus group discussions with young men and women in colleges to study violence online as well as conduct a systematic assessment of institutional pathways to change. It made recommendations for improvements in access to justice for victims, based on robust evidence on the gaps in law, with particular focus on law enforcement agencies. This was the second phase of a sequence of projects led by IT for Change with support from the World Wide Web Foundation.

Year Country Organisation Author Type
2018 India IT for Change IT for Change research report
Theory of Change Keywords Download/link
Intermediate Outcome 1 access to justice, cyber violence, gender-based violence, law enforcement, online violence, violence against women Download/link