Technological Safety

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Abusers can find behavior patterns by viewing connected subscriptions. If you have children or other family members that you share accounts with, check to see if your abuser could have access to those accounts.

Ex: Google Photos, iCloud, Google Drive, Amazon, TV, music, grocery, and retail subscriptions

Internet usage can be monitored and is impossible to erase completely. If you are concerned that your internet usage might be monitored, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

Strategically plan around your tech- When abusers misuse technology to monitor you, it’s often a natural reaction to want to throw away devices or close online accounts to make it stop. However, some abusive individuals may escalate their controlling and dangerous behavior if they feel they’ve lost access to the victim.

Before removing a hidden camera or GPS tracker that you’ve found, think through how the abuser may respond and plan for your safety. For example, some survivors choose to use a safer device for certain interactions, but also keep using the monitored device as a way to collect evidence.

For Apple users, Safety Check is a great setting to quickly stop sharing your information, restrict messages and FaceTime, reset system privacy permissions for apps, change your passcode, change your apple ID password, and more.


Create new social media, Google/Apple Accounts, and drive accounts.

Check to see if your locations services are turned on or off.

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services.
  2. Make sure that Location Services is off.
  3. Scroll down to find the app.
  4. Tap the app and select an option:
    • Never: Prevents access to Location Services information.
    • Ask Next Time or When I Share: This allows you to choose Always While Using App, Allow Once, or Don’t Allow.
    • While Using the App: Allows access to Location Services only when the app or one of its features is visible on screen. If an app is set to While Using the App, you might see your status bar turn blue with a message that an app is actively using your location.
    • Always: Allows access to your location even when the app is in the background.
  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Tap either the “Connections” tab or the “Privacy” tab (the label is different on different devices, some devices just skip to the next step.)
  3. Choose “Location.”
  4. Toggle the switch to off.


Clear your browser history after visiting websites.

Check devices for rooting and jailbreaking –

Visit this website for steps to increase your security and privacy:

Check to see if abuser is tied to your Apple family account or Google account – your abuser may be able to see your location from there.

If you are on a family phone plan with your abuser, you need to disconnect immediately.

Actionable Steps

National Network to End DV has a technology group with training, technology summits, technological assistance, and resources.

For additional support, please view our list of helpful apps:

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