In our recent blog, Coercive Behaviour Legislation: What Does It Cover?, we explained the effects of controlling and coercive behaviour on an individual’s life and the new legislative measures which have been introduced to bring perpetrators to justice. One of the fastest growing ways that perpetrators will seek to establish control is by monitoring their partner’s online behaviour. This can be done by checking social media profiles, reading emails or by using software to monitor the websites visited.
Research by Women’s Aid shows the scale of the problem:
It is therefore important to take a few minutes to discover ways of staying safe online and we have put together the following tips and advice.
Private Internet Browsing
When you browse websites, your internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome etc.) will save information related to your activity. We therefore recommend that you make use of the “private browsing” mode which is offered by all of the leading internet browsers. Doing so will not leave this information on your computer for other people to find. You can access private browsing mode by:
If you receive threatening or abusive emails, we would recommend that you print them off and store them securely for use as evidence. If you are worried that someone may gain access to your emails, do not hesitate to contact our helpline on 0300 561 0077 for advice.
If someone is abusing or harassing you through social media, there are a number of things you can do, including:
In addition to that, be sure to double check that you are logged out of your account once you are finished. This ensures that no one can view your profile and messages without your consent.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse or know someone who is, you can get confidential advice on what to do next by calling our completely free 24 hour helpline – 0300 561 0077.
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