Reading an article in the news today about domestic violence and new guidance for the police and Crown Prosecution Service in relation to social media prompted me to write this blog as a reminder to all involved in relationship breakdown situations to take a minute to think before posting anything to social media.
The article can be seen on our Facebook page but in summary it is a recognition that the way of communication has changed and that abuse is often over social media rather than face to face or on the phone, particularly with the younger generation. The guidance takes on board that many victims of abuse were not being helped as social media postings were often not taken seriously by the police and action taken. This must serve as a warning to anyone posting abusive comments on social media that their actions could result in a prosecution and criminal record.
The warning must go further than that though. The dangers are not only posting directly abusive comments or harassing someone online but go much further with the increasing use of social media.