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Safety Tips

1. If you think your activities are being monitored, you are probably right. 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 activitiesanyone can do it.

2. Computers create records of everything you do, both on the machine itself and on the internet. They can provide a lot of information about what you look at online, the emails you send, and other activities. It is not possible to delete or clear all of this information.

3. If you are in danger, please try to use a computer where someone abusive does not have direct access or even remote (hacking) access. It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology center, at a trusted friend's house, or at an internet cafe. For example, if you are planning to flee to California, don't look at classified ads for jobs and apartments, or bus tickets to California on a home computer or any computer your abuser has physical or remote access to as they might be able to discover your plans. Use a safer computer to research an escape plan.

If you are in danger, please:

1. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.

2. Call the Minnesota Domestic Violence Crisis Line at 1-866-223-1111 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Email is not a safe or confidential way to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life; please call one of the above hotlines instead. 

Last updated: 8/20/2010 2:16:36 PM