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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 Tech & Social Media 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 is ever-changing, and it can be used to jeopardize your safety or as a means to keep you safe. Since power and control issues are a part of domestic violence, abusive partners frequently use technology to monitor and control those they abuse”.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 in Tech & Social Media Safety: There Are Ways To Ensure Your Safety the NDVH explain:

“Internet Safety

As you surf the internet on your computer, the places you visit are stored on the computer you use. Bills you pay and purchases you make are tracked. Instant messages and emails can be retrieved. Keep in mind that as you use a computer, it might be monitored. Safe computers can be found at the local library, internet café, shelter, work or computer technology center. Always use safe computers when researching things such as travel plans, housing options, legal issues and safety plans”.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?

In Tech & Social Media Safety: There Are Ways To Ensure Your Safety – Email the NDVH note:

“Your abusive partner could have access to your email account. To be safe, open an email account your partner does not know about on a safe computer and use that account for safety planning and sensitive communications. It is a good idea to keep your monitored account active with non-critical emails in order to maintain appearances”.6

Cell Phones

Can cell phones be monitored?

In Tech & Social Media Safety: There Are Ways To Ensure Your Safety – Cell Phone the NDVH explain:

“Cell phones can be a beacon, tracking your exact location in real time. Call and text history can also be retrieved by an abusive partner. Additionally, a location tracking device (GPS) can be placed on your car or in your purse. Consider purchasing a pay as you go phone that you keep in a safe place to allow you to make calls”.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.org 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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Sources

  1. Tech & Social Media Safety. National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org/help/tech-social-media-safety/ Accessed: 29 June 2020
  2. Internet & Computer Safety. National Network To End Domestic Violence https://nnedv.org/content/internet-computer-safety/ Accessed: 29 June 2020
  3. Tech & Social Media Safety: There Are Ways To Ensure Your Safety – Internet. National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org/help/tech-social-media-safety/ Accessed: 29 June 2020
  4. Safety Alert. National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org Accessed: 29 June 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: 29 June 2020
  6. Tech & Social Media Safety: There Are Ways To Ensure Your Safety – Email. National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org/help/tech-social-media-safety/ Accessed: 29 June 2020
  7. Tech & Social Media Safety: There Are Ways To Ensure Your Safety – Cell Phone. National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org/help/tech-social-media-safety/ Accessed: 29 June 2020

Topic Last Updated: 29 June 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 29 June 2020
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