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Women's brutality is exacerbated by misogynistic social networking. Pixabay

Areas which produce a lot of misogynistic tweets are more likely to have higher incidences of domestic and family violence against women, finds a study.

Tracking such tweets using Big Data can help determine where violence against women is likely to occur, according to the study published in the journal Psychological Science.

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70 percent of women have faced violence in their life. Pixabay

If you saw an act of violence being committed against a woman in a public space, would you step up and intervene? As per data from a recent report by Breakthrough India, 55.3 percent have observed the discomfort of the woman/girl facing violence, and almost as many have intervened in an incident of violence against women in a public space.

“What I understand by bystander action is, you see something happening to someone and you’re not comfortable with it, it might be overt or not, but at that point of time, speak out or try to come between the perpetrator and victim through some strategic move. Ally with the person going through the suffering,” Sohini Bhattacharya, President and CEO, Breakthrough, explained to IANSlife. Swift and effective action by an onlooker can, then, prevent acts of violence, and possibly injury, and even death.

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Some people try to digitally control the lives of their intimate partners by spying. Pixabay

As some people try to digitally control the lives of their intimate partners, nearly 4,627 mobile users in India have been found to be the victim of a stalker by mobile spyware — a secret surveillance spyware software used in the field of domestic violence, a new report revealed on Tuesday. This figure would have had been much higher in absence of lockdowns and the pandemic that led millions to stay indoors in the country.

Stalkerware apps are generally disguised under a fake app name with suspicious access to messages, call logs, location, and other personal activity. For example, an app called “Wi-Fi” that has access to your geolocation is a suspicious candidate, according to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.

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Intimate partner violence is defined as physical, emotional, psychological or economic abuse and stalking or sexual harm by a current or former partner or spouse, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pexels

While Covid-19 related lockdowns may have decreased the spread of a deadly virus, they appear to have created an environment for increased domestic violence, a new study suggests.

The study, published in the journal American Behavioral Scientist, indicates that 39 per cent respondents reported having experienced violence in their relationship and 74 per cent of those people were women.

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