Measuring Cyberstalking and Digital Domestic Abuse Across the Lifespan

Led by Amanda Lenhart and Michele Ybarra of the Center for Innovative Public Health Research, this Data & Society project conducted a nationally representative landline and mobile phone survey of 3,000 Americans ages 15 years and older to quantify the prevalence of online harassment, cyberstalking, and digital domestic violence. Recognizing that witnessing abuse can also have a negative impact, the researchers further investigated the extent to which people witness others’ abusive behavior online. The project provides a better understanding of how abuse is perpetrated and experienced through technology.


This project is supported by a grant from the Digital Trust Foundation.

Journal Articles and Papers

    report | 01.18.17

    Intimate Partner Digital Abuse

    Michele Ybarra, Myeshia Price-Feeney, Amanda Lenhart, Kathryn Zickuhr

    12% of U.S. internet users who have been in romantic relationships have experienced intimate partner digital abuse… Digital tools are often an integral part of healthy romantic relationships. Romantic...
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    report | 12.13.16

    Nonconsensual Image Sharing

    Amanda Lenhart, Michele Ybarra, Myeshia Price-Feeney

    Media coverage of revenge porn largely focuses on instances when celebrities have had private nude or explicit photos or videos made public without their consent, but this experience is...
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    report | 11.21.16

    Social Media Use by Americans, 2016 (Data Memo)

    Amanda Lenhart, Michelle Ybarra (CiPHR), Myeshia Price-Feeney (CiPHR)

    This study, part of a larger study of online harassment, asked internet users whether they use three types of platforms: Social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram; video...
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    report | 11.21.16

    Online Harassment, Digital Abuse, and Cyberstalking in America

    Amanda Lenhart, Michele Ybarra (CiPHR), Kathryn Zickuhr, Myeshia Price-Feeney (CiPHR)

    As digital tools become more interwoven into Americans’ personal and professional lives, understanding the spread and impact of cyberabuse is of increasing importance to researchers, policymakers, businesses, and consumers.
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