Physical Security Support

Online violence can have physical consequences for women journalists. The following guidance can assist you if you have been doxxed and/or have received threats of violence that cause you to fear for your safety. 

Steps to Take in an Emergency

If you fear for your physical safety because of an incident of doxxing or an online threat, the following steps may be helpful to consider:

Preventative Measures

If you are concerned that you may be doxxed or physically threatened, it can be important to put steps in place so you are better protected should something happen.

Get Support

The following organizations may be able to help journalists with relocation as well as other forms of immediate and long-term assistance in the face of physical danger.

The International Women’s Media Foundation

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is a nonprofit working internationally to support women journalists. They are able to provide relocation support through their Emergency Fund.

The Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is an American independent non-governmental organization. It can support journalists with relocation support. Apply directly via their emergency email address or via the CPJ representative in your region.

The Rory Peck Trust

The Rory Peck Trust is an international NGO that supports freelance journalists and their families worldwide. The organization has a fund that can cover the costs of relocation.

Free Press Unlimited

Free Press Unlimited is a non-governmental organization based in the Netherlands. They can provide financial assistance to cover the costs of relocation.

Reporters without Borders

Reporters without Borders is an independent NGO that can help threatened journalists find a place of refuge.

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Additional Resources

Use these guides and templates to better assess the threat you are facing.