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Your Safety is Important

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Do you feel UNSAFE or IN DANGER from your; husband, partner, family, extended family, current or ex boyfriend or girlfriend?

This violence does not have to be physical. Domestic violence can be hitting, yelling, telling you when and how you can spend your money or see your family, click here to read more.

If you are unsafe right now call 000.

If you do not feel safe and need some where to stay you can call the The Alice Springs Women’s Shelter on 08 89526075.

Alice Springs Women’s Shelter is a safe place for women and children. There are friendly staff on site 24 hours a day to have a cuppa with if you feel you need to talk or are feeling worried about your or someone else’s safety.

ASWS is a very safe place to stay for women and children wanting to leave the threat of domestic or family violence.

To find out more of what the Women’s Shelter can help you with click here

Phone and Computer Safety

Check your mobile phone settings. If you are using a mobile phone provided by the abusive person, consider turning it off when not in use. Also many phones let you  ‘lock’ the keys so a phone won’t automatically answer or call if it is bumped. When on, check the phone settings; if your phone has an optional location service, you may want to switch the location feature off/on via the phone settings menu or by turning your phone on and off.

Clear your Internet history. While it is difficult to completely delete your Internet history, you can make it less readily accessible. Please read instructions for Windows, Mac and iPhone.

Use a safer computer. If you need to use the Internet, try to use a computer at work, a public library, community centre, a trustworthy friend’s house, an Internet café, or a women’s refuge. This is particularly important if you are looking at sensitive websites. It is safer to use a computer that is less accessible to your abuser.

Be careful when communicating online. Because messages sent through email accounts, social networking sites (such as Facebook) and instant messaging services can be tracked and recorded, it is preferable to use other ways of seeking help, if they are available to you. These could include telephoning a domestic violence helpline, women’s refuge or the NSW Police Force. After communicating online, always ensure that you properly log out of websites.

Create a new email, Facebook or instant messaging account. If you suspect that anyone abusive can access your email, consider creating an additional email account on a safer computer. Do not create or check this new email from a computer your abuser could access, in case it is monitored. Use an anonymous name, and account: (example: bluecat@email.com – notYourRealName@email.com). Look for free web-based email accounts (like yahoo or hotmail), and do not provide detailed information about yourself.

Create an alternative email account. Do not create or use an alternative account on any computer that your abuser may have access to. Create an anonymous user name and account you can use on a safer computer, but do not provide detailed information about yourself.

Protect or change your passwords. Choose passwords for your email and other online accounts (such as online banking accounts) that would be difficult for your abuser to guess, particularly by avoiding personal details such as birthdays, nicknames or family details. You should also try to avoid sharing your passwords with other people.

Google yourself. See if your private contact information is can be found online. Go to Google and do a search for your name in quotation marks: “Full Name”

Save evidence and consider reporting abuse or stalking. Messages left via texts/answering machines can be saved as evidence of stalking or abuse. Keep a record of all suspicious incidents. You can report abuse, violence, threats, stalking or cyber-stalking to police and the abuser can be charged with a criminal offence, or police can assist with applying for an Intervention Order.

This information is from Domestic Violence NSW and dvrcv.org.au follow these links for more information.