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Call AVDA and Get Help Now 713-224-9911 or 24 Hour National DV Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Protect Yourself

Always have a plan to keep yourself safe. Overcoming domestic violence is about control. Victims are often kept financially dependent on the abuser and isolated from family and friends. Leaving a domestic violence situation safely takes planning and preparation. It is important to involve your children and rehearse safety procedures with them. Alert school officials and trusted family and friends. Think about what documents, financial resources, and personal items you will need. Where will you stay?

Plan ahead for your safety

AVDA strongly urges you to explore Protective Orders and other legal ways of insuring your physical safety, financial wellbeing and protecting your children. For information about filing charges and the criminal justice system, about divorce and child custody/child support, assistance with safety planning, and referrals for shelter, counseling and other services, contact a Client Advocate at AVDA by calling 713-224-9911.

Know the importance of technology safety

Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call AVDA at 713-224-9911 or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224

Safe practices for using technology

We understand that technology of cell phones, and computers are constantly changing. Technology can provide you with a lot of information about family violence. You need to know that technology can also be used to endanger you.

  • Did you know that you can be monitored by someone’s computer without you knowing?
  • Did you know that the “history” cannot be completely erased from a computer?
  • Did you know that cell phone use can be monitored?
  • Did you know that a global positioning system (GPS) can be placed on your car, in your purse or in your cell phone?
  • Did you know the some court systems are placing court records online and that they may contain personal information?
  • Did you know that e-mail is like a postcard and can be intercepted?

Technology is a powerful tool for helping you stay safe but you need to know how it can also be used by an abusive person. If you have a cell phone, ask your company how to ensure you are not being monitored. Use a computer that the person you are afraid of does not have any access to.

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Safety alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid that your internet or computer usage might be monitored, use a safer computer, call your local hotline, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

AVDA
1001 Texas Ave., Suite 600 Houston, TX 77002
P: 713-224-9911
F: 713-715-6935 | 713-715-6945

AVDA

1001 Texas Ave., Suite 600 Houston, TX 77002 P: 713-224-9911 F: 713-715-6935 | 713-715-6945

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