Using Technology Safely

Here are some tips to help you protect yourself from an abuser online and stay safe with your cell phone:

q Change your passwords often and do not keep any passwords that you think your abuser may know.

q Choose passwords that cannot be easily guessed.

q Use privacy settings to set all online profiles as private as they can be so that your abuser cannot track you or contact you through them.

q Save and keep track of any threatening, abusive, or harassing voicemails, texts, emails, or online posts.

q Never give your passwords to anyone.

q Do not answer calls from unknown, blocked, or private numbers.

q Do not  communicate with your abuser using any type of technology. Any form of communication can be recorded and possibly used against you.

q Find out if your phone company can block your abuser’s number from calling your phone or if you can do it yourself on your phone.

q Block your abuser from communicating with you through instant messaging on your computer.

q If the abuse does not stop, change your number(s), email address, and usernames.

Safety in the Home Safety at Work and in Public Safety when Preparing to Leave an Abuser
Safety during a Violent Episode Creating a Safety Plan Safety Planning for Teens and College Students

Emergency Numbers to Keep with you:


Center for Women and Families Domestic Violence Crisis Line

National Domestic Violence Hotline (All languages)

Adult Protective Services

Child Protective Services

National Teen Dating Violence Hotline

Numbers of trusted friends and family members who can help you.