TECHNOLOGY AND SAFETY
Electronic technology - such as computers, cell phones, the Internet, social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram - can help domestic violence victims learn about community services, find housing and employment opportunities, or research protection orders. However, there is a dangerous side to electronic technology that also gives domestic violence batterers new ways to harass, stalk, terrorize and control their victims.
An advocate at your local domestic violence program can help technology become part of the safety plan for a victim, rather than a danger.
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The Safety Net Project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence has many excellent resources about ways abusers use technology and to be safer using technology:
How Abusers Use Technology - Technology Power and Control Wheel NNEDV Safety Net Project
Tips - Be aware and protect yourself against abuse through technology
Spanish version - Un Plan de Protección de la Tecnología para las(os) Sobrevivientes
Also available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Somali and Russian
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Brochure: The Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Act: A Guide for Victims of Domestic Violence PCADV, 2006.
Basic information and list of hotlines by county.
Brochure: Stalking: What Every Stalking Victim Should Know PCADV, 2006.
Technology Safety & Advocacy Collection VAWnet: the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
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