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Computer Safety

The Internet can be a valuable resource for those in a potential or actual domestic violence situation, but please read and observe some precautions.

Domestic Violence

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Otherwise, call our 24-hour help line 800-647-9161.

Escape Bag

Prepare an escape bag with all the essentials you will need to successfully escape an abusive home, and keep it in a safe place.

Peace House Helps Victims and Potential Victims

Peace House operates a licensed domestic violence shelter that is staffed by qualified Victim Advocates and Case Managers 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

We help people both in and outside of the shelter.  If you need help or information you can call our help line 800-647-9161 at any time of the day or night.

There is also a state-wide 24-hour help Link-line available at 800-897-5465.

If your need is not urgent, or you are just looking for information, please review this section of our web site.

Internet Safety

If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are.

There are hundreds of ways to record everything you do on the computer and what you access on the Internet. Spyware can be installed easily and is hard to detect. Every key stroke or web page viewed can then be recorded and seen by your abuser.

It is not possible to delete or clear all computer “footprints.” Besides, erasing or deleting files could also alert your abuser and possibly increase your danger.

Use a computer at a public library or a computer lab to access resources and information. Any indication of leaving your situation could put you in danger.

Use a web-based email service like Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail; don’t store emails on a computer your abuser has access to.

If you receive harassing emails, save them as evidence. If you are using a web-based email service, this is automatic. If your email is on your computer (e.g. Outlook), save the files to an external disk or thumb drive and then delete them completely from your computer, including the trash bin.

Do not let your computer save your passwords. Choose passwords that are not easy to guess and change passwords often.