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Welcoming further research for victims of image abuse

We always welcome research here – we know that intimate image abuse is very understudied which can leave a lot of the victims feeling overlook and undervalued. This also means for us as a service, we can sometimes not show how much this horrible crime impacts the victims involved – we have our own report on this soon too. Though we cannot endorse any other research directly; we always welcome more research in this field.

At present, there is a sparse amount of work that outlines the experience of people affected by intimate image abuse or cyberbullying but PhD candidate Kelly Ioannou from Essex University is aiming to do just that. Her research is investigating “From cyberbullying to technology-facilitated sexual violence: a qualitative study on victims’ experiences”

We are hoping that research can pave the way for more knowledge about the lived experience from those who have suffered and continue to suffer the impacts of initiate image abuse and that the support given to them can be effective and long-lasting.

We are unable to endorse specific studies but if you would like to find out more about this research, please contact Kelly directly: <>

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