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Umbrella
What may the Violence Against Women and Computer Safety Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Computer Monitoring
  • Computer Safety
  • Internet Safety
  • Internet Usage Monitoring
  • Online Safety
  • World Wide Web Safety
  • iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch Safety

Technology Monitoring

Can technology be monitored?

In Internet Safety the (United States) National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) list what to keep in mind when you use technology if you feel you are being monitored and elaborate on:

“Technology and the Internet are powerful tools for anyone experiencing domestic violence. They can be essential resources to access help and information, and valuable platforms to connect with friends, family members, advocates, and service providers.

Unfortunately, they can also be used by abusive partners to begin, continue, or escalate abuse, making it all the more important to ensure your safety online”.1

Computer Safety

Can computers be monitored?

In Internet & Computer Safety the (United States) National Network To End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) elaborate on:

“If you think your activities (online and offline) are being monitored, you are probably right. People who are abusive often want to know their victim’s every move and interaction. If this is something you’re experiencing, it’s important to think through how they might be tracking your online activity”.2

Halfway down the page Internet Safety the NDVH explain:

“Internet Safety

Computers store information about the websites you visit. That means bills you pay and purchases you make are tracked, and messages or emails can be retrieved. You should always consider that a computer might be monitored when you use it and be careful with what you send others or post”.3

Computer Safety Alert

Can some violence against women websites include a computer safety alert?

On the Home Page of the (United States) National Domestic Violence Hotline website, you may receive the message:

“Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224. Users of web browser Microsoft Edge will be redirected to Google when clicking the “X” or “Escape” button”.4

Can different countries have different National Domestic Violence hotline/helpline numbers to call?

Yes. It is important to note different countries can have different National Domestic Violence hotline/helpline numbers to call. It may therefore be in your best interest to choose to check what the number is for you in your country.

Escape Button

Can some violence against women website pages include a colored escape or exit button as a way to immediately leave the site?

In the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov’s section Relationships and Safety: Escape, topics may include an escape button on the left side of the page which instructs:

“Click the escape button above to immediately leave this site if your abuser may see you reading it”.5

Emails

Can emails be monitored?

Halfway down the page titled Internet Safety the NDVH explain:

“Email Safety

“Email can be a useful way to keep in touch with trusted friends and family members who may be aware of your situation. An abusive partner is likely to know this and may have access to your email account without your knowledge. To be safe, open an account your partner doesn’t know about on a safe computer and use that email for safety planning and sensitive communications”.6

Cell Phones

Can cell phones be monitored?

Halfway down the page titled Internet Safety the NDVH explain:

“Cell Phone Safety

“If you’re in an abusive relationship, consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone and keep it in a safe place for private calls. Use a password on your phone and update it regularly. If you are concerned that your partner may be secretly monitoring your phone, consider taking it into a cell phone service center to check for any spyware that may be downloaded”.7

Technology Toolkit

Is there a Technology Toolkit to explain tech and social media safety and privacy?

Your Country’s equivalent of a Domestic Violence agency/blog/website may include information about Technology Toolkit similar to the website Technology Safety and their Technology Safety & Privacy: A Toolkit for Survivors.

Remember, to access any Toolkit from a safe device you are confident is not being monitored, such as a friend’s device or one in an internet cafe or local library.

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Sources

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You may find the Sources quoted at:

Sources

  1. Internet Safety. National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org/plan-for-safety/internet-safety/ Accessed: 12 October 2020
  2. Internet & Computer Safety. National Network To End Domestic Violence https://nnedv.org/content/internet-computer-safety/ Accessed: 12 October 2020
  3. Internet Safety. National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org/plan-for-safety/internet-safety/ Accessed: 12 October 2020
  4. Safety Alert. National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org Accessed: 12 October 2020
  5. Relationships and Safety: Escape. Medical Review In 2017. Page Last Updated: 17 May 2019. Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov https://www.womenshealth.gov/relationships-and-safety Accessed: 12 October 2020
  6. Internet Safety. National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org/plan-for-safety/internet-safety/ Accessed: 12 October 2020
  7. Internet Safety. National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org/help/tech-social-media-safety/ Accessed: 12 October 2020

Topic Last Updated: 12 October 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 12 October 2020
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