Tech Safety Electronic technology is a wonderful resource for
learning about community services available to victims of domestic violence,
finding housing and employment opportunities, or researching protection orders.
However, there is a dangerous side to electronic technology that has also given
domestic violence batterers a new frontier and new set of tools with which to
harass, stalk, inflict fear and control their victims. In order to help victims
of domestic violence remain safe, domestic violence advocates and others working
to assist victims need to understand the vast array of ways in which batterers
are using resources such as phones, email, TTY (Teletype-writer), TRS
(Telecommunication Relay Service), faxes, GPS (Global Positioning System),
Internet, Chat/IM (Instant Messaging), computers, wireless cameras, screen
readers, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant), webcams (for computer), alert
buttons, answering machines, Caller ID, spyware, identity theft, etc.
Tips to consider include trusting your instincts if you think a partner
or former partner knows too much about you, you are probably right. If you think
that monitoring devices may be attached to your vehicle or webcams are linked to
a computer, do not attempt to disable them as it may tip off a stalker or your
abuser. Instead, you can contact law enforcement officials.
your local domestic violence program can help you develop a safety plan that
includes ways to address your safety in this age of technology. You may also
contact your local domestic violence program to learn about free cell phone
It is important to note that the ways in which batterers may
use technology can be expected to change as quickly as the technology itself. To
assure the most current information, rely on the experts such as the resources
listed below to assist in thinking about this form of domestic
If you are in
Call your local domestic violence hotline.
CALL the National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY at
Remember, corded phones are more private than cordless phones or cell
INTERNET SAFETY Computer use can be monitored and
is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and
or/computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call your
local hotline, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
410-234-0023 M + Th, 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. T + W +
F, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.