Our Policy on Anonymity
We've been asked to add something to the website to clarify our position on anonymity. Many thanks to @incurablehippie for prompting us to move this up the to-do list!
Many of us working on this campaign are survivors of some form of domestic or sexual abuse, which we are still managing the after effects of.
We have decided to remain anonymous in order to manage our risk. We are all aware that our private details, such as names are valuable 'currency' to those who perpetrated abuse against us.
Until we feel safe enough to manage the risk of further abuse, we are working anonymously. It is one of the reasons that we allow anonymous submissions - we know how easy it is to track information online, and how calculating abusers and stalkers can be in order to continue to abuse.
Our policy on confidentiality has not changed - everything you share with us, is published on our website for others to read as long as you have given express consent for this. Those who communicate with us by email are requested to confirm that they give consent for the contents of the email to be published.
Your information (including email addresses) is not, and will not be shared with any other organisations. We are in the process of writing a 'Terms Of Service' policy for this site, which will expressly state that we do not share your personal data; however your submissions may be shared with organisations that we are working with. These provide anecdotal evidence of the need for change within the media and professional organisations and will help us to achieve our campaign goal of language, culture and attitude change around victim blaming.
In addition to our personal experiences, we have all undertaken professional domestic abuse training - including (but not limited to) Freedom Programme for professionals, Freedom Programme for survivors; Safeguarding (Adults & Children); Information Sharing & Confidentiality. This list is not exhaustive and will be updated with more details over the next few weeks.
We hope this is enough reassurance - if you have any questions, queries or comments, you can contact us here.
Update 12th August 2013:
One of our volunteers, Jo, has opted to waive her anonymity in order to discuss the Neil Wilson case with the media. You can see Jo discussing this issue with Eamonn Holmes on Sky New Sunrise on 7th August 2013 (apologies for the advertising, we can't find a link without any!). Jo is aware of the implications of this, and is fully supported by other members of the EVB Team.