Domestic violence

Safe website surfing for domestic violence victims

When you visit webpages, their addresses are stored in files on your computer. If your abuser wants to see which websites you've been to, all they need to do is look at those files.

To stop them doing this, the safest thing would be to use a computer they don't have access to - at a local library, at a friend's house or at work.

If you do use your own computer:

  • Delete all Temporary Internet files from your computer
  • Delete all the links in your History folder

Browser specific guides

If your abuser has access to your email account, they may be able to read your incoming and outgoing email. If you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password that they will not be able to guess.

The safest option is to use a webmail service, instead of having email delivered to your computer. You can start a webmail account using a service like Gmail which let you read your email on a website after entering your user name and password.

If you use a webmail account, take care NOT to tick the box offering to save your password or to remember you. Keep your password secret and make sure you log out when you have finished sending or reading mail. You should also clear your browser history afterwards.

If your abuser sends you threatening or harassing email messages, print and save them as evidence.