Tips for using this site

  • This page contains tips for using this site and other technology if you are being abused.
  • There are always some risks to privacy and personal information when using technology. You always leave a digital trail so it may be important to use a safer device.
  • Safer devices are things like phones or computers that a person who has been abusive or violent has not and will not be able to access.
  • There may be more risks to your privacy and safety if someone who has been abusive or violent has had physical access the device you are using.
  • Technology is always changing, but the more you learn, the easier it will be to use.
  • This site has general information about technology and safety. If you need more advanced specialist support for technology-facilitated abuse, please see the links at the bottom of the page.
  • You may want to ask a trusted person to help you with some of the suggestions on these pages.

Safety tips for this site

A person whose behaviour is violent or abusive may use technology to harass, watch, control, stalk or harm you. This type of abuse is called technology-facilitated abuse. It may be hard to know if you are being monitored with technology.

There may be times while looking at this website when you need to exit quickly. You may be worried about someone finding out that you have been looking at this site or others. It may be important to plan for what you will do in case an abusive or violent person is watching what you do online. The way you get off of this site quickly may depend on the device you are using.

Closing the page quickly

Desktop and Laptop Computers

If you are using a computer, you will see that this website has a red “exit” button near the top right-hand corner of each page.

The red “exit” button will take you out of the Wollumbin Family Support website and send you to the main search page on Google. It is important to know that if you press this button, someone can easily press the “back” button on the left-hand corner to see that you were on the Wollumbin Family Support website.

Another option to leave this site quickly is to close your browser window by pressing the “x” on the top right-hand corner of this window. This will take you to your desktop screen or to the program open behind this open window.

Smartphones and Tablets

To get off of our website quickly, you can use your phone’s lock button or you can press or swipe the home button on your device. It is important to know that if someone opens the search or browser app on your phone, they will be able to see what site you were on. We suggest trying these options out to see how they work on your device so that you can exit the site quickly if you need to.

Using the red exit button, closing your search app, or pressing your lock button will not delete your history. This means that if someone checks your device, they will be able to see that you have visited this website.

Next steps

CONTACT US

If you need information or support but think someone may be monitoring you, trust yourself. It is safest to call or chat with us or your local domestic violence service from a safer device. Depending on how safe it feels for you, it may be helpful to let the operator know at the beginning of the call or chat if you think you are being monitored. For crisis care and support call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

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