Online Violence Courses and Resources

Get help now. If you are a journalist experiencing online attacks, the IWMF will connect you to an expert for one-on-one digital safety consultations. Request a consultation here.

Online Violence Response Hub

Created by the IWMF with ICFJ, under the banner of the Coalition Against Online Violence, the Online Violence Response Hub provides women journalists, newsrooms and allies step-by-step advice and resources to combat online abuse.

The Online Violence Response Hub is a resource center where women journalists can find the latest information on online abuse. From psychosocial trauma response, to one-on-one support, and the latest digital safety guides, the Hub puts everything in one place, allowing the journalist to focus on their safety instead of having to comb the internet for answers. The Online Violence Response Hub was created thanks to funding from Luminate, the Knight Foundation, and the Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

Digital Safety Courses

Know Your Trolls (Multilingual)

This course is designed to help journalists identify the abuse they are receiving online and who may be behind it as well as offer some key strategies that may help journalists to be better prepared.

Keep it Private (Multilingual)

The goal of this course is to get journalists thinking about privacy and the information they share online. Journalists face the difficult task of needing to have an online presence while trying to protect themselves from being harassed and attacked online. This course will provide them with practical tips on how to better protect themselves and their families

MOOC: Strategies for Journalists’ Defense

This massive open online course (MOOC) took place in late 2020 offering strategies for a variety of audiences to better protect journalists online. The course was built in partnership with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

Digital Safety Snacks

Grab your phones & laptops and watch our Digital Safety Snacks, a series of bite-sized hands-on videos and workshops from PEN America, the Online News Association, and the International Women’s Media Foundation. Workshops include:

Mental Health Support

The IWMF’s Mental Health Guide for Journalists Facing Online Violence offers a background on the psychological impacts of online abuse, helps journalists evaluate how online violence is affecting their wellbeing, and provides practical exercises to help manage the mental health toll of this abuse.

Emergency assistance resources are available here.

Newsroom Training

Does your newsroom need help tackling online attacks? The IWMF and our partners offer free customized training workshops for U.S. newsrooms (for journalists of any gender). Email us for details at