When seeking help for domestic violence and abuse, it’s important to cover your tracks, especially when you’re using the phone or the computer. There are precautions you can take to stay safe and keep your abuser from finding out what you’re doing.
In addition, survivors of domestic violence can be particularly vulnerable to identity theft, and often need to take extra precautions to protect themselves from abusers who may use their personal information as a means of control. Abusers might use survivors’ credit cards without their permission or misuse social security numbers, ultimately ruining their credit. Abusers may also use social security numbers to stalk, harass, or threaten survivors.
Read on to learn how to protect your safety, privacy and identity.