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24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline:
(727) 895-4912 | TTY: (727) 828-1269
Outside Pinellas County: (800) 500-1119 | TDD: (800) 621-4202

Computer Safety


An abuser's desire to control and hold power over their victim often extends into monitoring the victims' online and email communications. We advise extreme caution and suggest using a safe computer outside the home and deleting your browser history.


There are hundreds of ways that computers record everything you do on the computer and Internet. It’s also not possible to delete or clear all computer “footprints.” Plus,  you don’t need to be a computer programmer or have special skills to monitor someone’s computer activities. 

For these reasons we advise extreme caution and suggest that it might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology center, a trusted friend’s house, or an Internet Café.

We have added a “Close Site Now” button on each page of the CASA web site for privacy, not to ensure safety from someone who might monitor your online and email activities.  For example you might want to quickly close the site if you are working from a “safe” computer in the library and a friend stops by to chat. 

Please, don’t depend on the “Close Site Now” button to delete “footprints” that can be traced by your abuser to the CASA web site. Your abuser will know that you are reaching out for help and your actions may further compromise your safety. 

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