Emotional and Mental

Let's Take a Closer Look at Digital Abuse

Digital Abuse is the use of technologies such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. Often this behavior is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated online.

You may be experiencing digital abuse if your partner:

Tells you who you can or can’t be “friends” with on Facebook and other sites.

Sends you negative, insulting or even threatening emails, tweets or Facebook messages online.

Uses sites like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and others to keep constant tabs on you.

Puts you down in their status updates.

Sends you unwanted, explicit pictures and demands you send some in return.

Pressures you to send explicit videos.

Steals or insists to be given your passwords.

Constantly texts you and makes you feel like you can’t be separated from your phone for fear that you will be punished.

Looks through your phone frequently, checks up on your pictures, texts and outgoing calls.

Tags you with unkind comments in pictures on Instagram, Tumblr, etc.

You never deserve to be mistreated, online or off.  


  1. Your partner should respect your relationship boundaries.
  2. It is ok to turn off your phone. You have the right to be alone and spend time with friends and family without your partner getting angry.
  3. You do not have to text any pictures or statements that you are uncomfortable sending, especially nude or partially nude photos, known as “sexting,”
  4. You lose control of any electronic message once your partner receives it. They may forward it, so don’t send anything you fear could be seen by others.
  5. You do not have to share your passwords with anyone.
  6. Know your privacy settings. Social networks, such as Facebook allow the user to control how their information is shared and who has access to it.
  7. Be mindful when checking-in on Facebook. Letting an abusive partner know where you are could be dangerous. And, always ask your friends if it is ok for you to check them in, you never know what they are going through as well!

If you feel like you are in an abusive relationship and need help, call Best Care EAP today.  A professional counselor is available at no cost to you. 

To schedule your confidential appointment, call (402) 354-8000 or (800) 801-4182, or send an email.