Using Fake Video Technology To Perpetuate Intimate Partner Abuse
Domestic Violence Advisory
A new form of technology abuse has recently emerged that puts
domestic violence victims at risk. Fake videos, called
‘deepfakes’, manipulate video and audio so that individuals
appear doing and saying things they never did or said. Most
commonly, women are seamlessly superimposed into pornographic
videos. This means domestic violence victims are now at greater
risk of revenge porn, even though no actual video exists. With
deepfakes, an abusive partner can now manufacture a revenge porn
video using photos of the victim’s face.
It is critical that we understand and prepare for deepfake abuse before it becomes widespread. Toward that end, a Domestic Violence Deepfake Advisory has been created to inform advocates and attorneys about how to respond to, and in some cases prevent, deepfake abuse in California.