Internet Security and Domestic Violence

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There is a wealth of information and resources available online that are designed to assist survivors of domestic violence with a range of legal issues, including child custody, safety planning and immigration.

There is also a serious warning about internet security related to using the internet to find help for protection from abuse. If the person that you are afraid of has access to the computer used to look for help, several organizations suggest deleting your browser history and taking additional steps to increase the security and safety of using the internet. offers a comprehensive explanation of internet security, including e-mail safety and ways to delete browser history, including this overview about browser history:

We have information on ways to help increase your safety below. But this information may not completely hide your tracks — especially if your abuser knows a lot about computers, since there are other ways internet activity can be tracked. Many browser types have features that display recently visited sites. The safest way to find information on the Internet is at a computer that your abuser cannot access. Try a local domestic violence organization, a local library, a community center, a friend’s house, or at work.

If you are concerned for your safety, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline:

1-800-779-SAFE (7233) or (TTY) 1-800-787-3224.

The Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers internet and computer safety tips, including this warning:

Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear.
If you are in danger, please get to a safe computer away from home, call your local hotline, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

Additional links to online court and legal resources in every state, including self-help materials, legal information, links to support organizations and links to organizations offering free and low-cost legal assistance to eligible clients are listed at

Additional online resources related to domestic violence and protection from abuse in every state are listed at, the US Department of Health and Human Services and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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