McAllister Olivarius in the news

Online Abuse

Our Senior Partner Dr Ann Olivarius features in presenter Vogue Williams’ latest On The Edge documentary, which investigates the impact of online bullying, grooming and sextortion.

Described by The Independent as ‘difficult but necessary viewing’, the programme also focuses on our client Chrissy Chambers and her battle for justice in the civil courts after her ex-boyfriend posted revenge pornography online.

Dr Ann Olivarius was interviewed alongside Rachel Krys from End Violence Against Women on the day a new report from the Crown Prosecution Service reveals violent crimes against women in England and Wales have reached a record high.

While the number of prosecutions has also hit record levels, our Senior Partner explained why the new laws to protect women and girls from physical violence as well psychological control via social media don’t go far enough.

Our client Chrissy Chambers is the focus of an essay written by Hillary Clinton for Refinery 29 in which she hones in on the issue of revenge pornography.

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Our Senior Partner tells that abuse against women is nothing new but digital technology is enabling it to occur ‘on an unprecedented scale and in new transformations’.

Dr Olivarius says it is time to stop taking for granted that it is simply endemic to contemporary digital life but instead recognise that it is real, an extension of existing patterns of abusive behaviour in the real world.


In late July 2015, McAllister Olivarius sponsored and participated in the Clear Lines Festival, a four-day event of discussions, art and performance exploring themes around sexual abuse, sexual violence and consent. Our Senior Advisor, Halla Gunnarsdóttir, was invited to speak on revenge pornography and online harassment, addressing ways of taking action against it. Highlights of her speech are now available via Dr Nina Burrowes, the Festival co-founder.

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This February 26th, 2016, our Senior Partner, Dr Ann Olivarius, will be speaking at an event focused on Internet abuse: "He's Watching You: Exploring the impact of revenge pornography and online domestic abuse." This event is hosted by Women's Aid—the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children in the UK.

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