Technology and Abuse

Technology has given abusers more methods of controlling and monitoring victims. Here are some ways technology can be used in abuse:

  • Intimidating and making threats via cell phone, text messages, and email
  • Accessing victim’s accounts (email, social media, etc.) without the victim’s consent and oftentimes without their knowledge

These aren’t new tactics within the context of domestic violence. However, the use of technology in these situations means that the harassment and abuse can be much more invasive, intensive, and traumatizing.

Abuse & Social Networking Sites

Internet Safety

Are you worried about someone knowing you have visited this website?

Computers store all the documents you work on and the addresses of all the websites you visit on the internet. It’s impossible to completely delete this information.  It is fairly easy for someone with even just a little computer know-how to access your computer files and history.

Here are some tips to help you stay safe online:

  • Avoid using email, chats, messaging—or phone texting—to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life. Please call our hotline at 1.800.863.9909 instead. Avoid using your home computer for anything that might put you in danger or raise suspicion.
  • If you want to look up important information, use a safe computer—at a library, a friend’s house, a community college—one you’re sure your abuser does not have access to. If you’re planning to leave and go to your sister’s home in Vermont, for instance, don’t use your home computer to check the bus schedule.
  • Clear your history and empty your cache. Remember, you can never completely hide your tracks, so use a safe computer—or no computer—whenever possible.

Resources

NNEDV Tech Safety Blog
Safety Net Project
Love Is Respect – Digital Abuse
StaySafeOnline.org