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Internet & Computer Safety

Technology, the internet, and computers can be a lifeline for those experiencing domestic violence. They can offer connection, information, and resources that are invaluable to people seeking help to stay safe. Unfortunately they can also be used as tools for abusive partners to begin, continue or escalate abuse.

If you are in danger, please
-Call 911,
-Call us 24 hours a day at 618-235-0892, or 
-Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE

Here are a few thing to keep in mind when using technology, the internet, or computers:

  • There are hundreds of ways that devices record everything you do on the internet, computers, and other connected devices.

  • If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer that someone abusive does not have direct access, or remote access to.

  • It might be safer to us a computer or device at a public library, at a trusted friend's house, or an Internet Café.

  • If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are. Abusive people are often controlling and want to know your every move. You don't need to be a computer programmer or have special skills to monitor someone's computer activities- anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor.

  • Computers can provide a lot of information about what you look at on the Internet, the emails you send, and other activities. It is not possible to delete or clear all computer "footprints".

  • If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, you might consider no home internet use or "safer" Internet surfing. Example: If you are planning to flee to California, don't look at classified ads for jobs and apartments, bus tickets, etc. for California on a home computer or any computer that an abuser have physical or remote access to. Use a safer computer to research an escape plan.

Email is not a safe or confidential way to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life, please call us at 618-235-0892 instead

Traditional "corded" phones are more private than cell phones or cordless phones.

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