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Be Safe

We understand that technology of cell phones and computers are constantly changing.  Technology can provide you with a lot of information.  You also need to know that technology can be used to endanger you.

Computers and Cell Phones

For instance, did you know:

  • You can be monitored by someone else’s computer without you knowing.
  • Spyware can be installed secretly on your own computer to capture screen shots and log emails, messaging, chats, and websites.
  • The “history” cannot be completely erased from a computer.
  • Cell phones can be monitored.
  • A global positioning system (GPS) can be placed on your car, in your purse, in your cell phone, or in a child’s bookbag.
  •  E-mail is like a postcard and can be intercepted.

If you are afraid your computer and/or cellphone usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer and/or telephone.

Life -Saving Steps

During an agrument that could become violent, try to:

  • Guide the argument into a room that has an exit.  Stay out of the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Identify a neighbor or friend that you can confide in that would call the police if an argument gets very loud.
  • Devise a code word that lets older children or other family members know when you need help.
  • Decide where you can go if you need to leave.
  • Use your instincts.  You know the other person better than anyone.  You know when you are in danger.

When you are ready, make a plan to leave:

  • Try to put some money back.  It could just be a few dollars here and there.
  • If you don’t have a cell phone, get a 911 cell phone from the Crisis Center.
  • Leave an extra set of keys, copies of important papers, children’s things and/or special things with a trusted friend.
  • Keep important phone numbers written down and within easy reach.
  • If you have pets, make arrangements for them in case of an emergency.
  • Remember:  Leaving an abusive situation can be the most dangerous time for you.

If you have  Protective Order:

  • Keep a copy with you at all times.
  • Call law enforcement EVERY time the Protective Order is violated.
  • Tell friends and family so they will know to call for help if necessary.
  • Have a back-up plan in case law enforcement cannot respond immediately.
  • If possible, have someone screen your calls.
  • Walk with someone to and from your car.
  • Take different routes to and from work.  Change your hours if possible.

Remember:  You have the right to be safe.  You do not deserve to be abused.

2017-04-06T00:20:06+00:00 April 5th, 2017|News|

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