Technology and safety

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger call 000

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, the biggest concern is going to be the victim’s safety. It is almost always impossible to know for sure when a situation might arise and escalate so it’s wise to think ahead and be prepared for any eventuality. We have some safety tips for you to consider while you are putting together your preparations

When it comes to technology safety, trust your instincts. If you suspect an abusive person knows too much, it’s possible your phone, computer, email or other activities are being monitored. Abusers and stalkers can act in incredibly persistent and creative ways to maintain power and control. But you can reduce the risk.

If anyone who is abusive has access to your computer, they might be monitoring your activities. Spyware and keylogging programs are commonly available and can track what you do on your computer without you knowing it. To reduce this risk, use a ‘safer computer’ when looking for help or a new place to live etc. This could be a device at a library, community centre or at a friend’s house.

WESNET’s Safety Net Australia team website discusses technology, privacy, and safety in the context of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and violence against women.

Are you a survivor looking for information on technology safety? Check out our Survivor Toolkit:


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If you think someone is monitoring your devices, visit this website from a computer, tablet, or smartphone that isn’t being monitored. Exit from this website and delete it from your browser history. For more information, visit this page.