Abusers often use technology to stalk or monitor their partners. The following resources from TechSafety.org include information, safety tips, and privacy strategies for survivors of abuse.
To minimize the chances of someone knowing that you are researching information about domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, follow these tips:
Technology Safety & Privacy: A Toolkit for Survivors – this resource is a collection of safety tips, information, and privacy strategies for survivors on the use of technology, including general technology safety, spyware, phone and computer surveillance, and how to limit location access on smartphones.
App Safety Center – there are several apps that have been developed to attempt to address domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. This resource provides information on safety and privacy for survivors who may want to use one of these apps, as well as details and reviews of several apps currently on the market.
For Domestic Violence Organizations
All organizations that work with survivors of abuse should consider technology safety issues when providing support services. Please review The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Agency’s Use of Technology: Best Practices & Policies Toolkit at TechSafety.org for important safety and privacy tips.