Information about Abuse
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If you have accessed this information because you are in an abusive relationship, please consider your safety. Abusers often monitor your online activity just like they monitor your other activity.
You should be aware that abusers can easily monitor computer use. Even if you delete your history, "spyware" is available to track every site you visit and everything you type. If you think your computer activity might be monitored, it may be best to use a computer at a library or friend's place to search information or send email related to your escape plan.
"We have come a long way in the past decade in acknowledging the severity of different kinds of domestic violence and abuse, yet the problem stubbornly persists. If you don't look for it, you won't see it. It happens in every town and city, in every neighbourhood, in every country in the world. No extended family, no ethnic or religious group, is immune. If you have children, they are playing with abused or bullied children at school. If you have colleagues at work, some will be quietly struggling with the impact of abusive relationships as they try to earn their living. The consequences—the hurt, anger, fear, violence, injuries, and exhaustion—affect all of us, over generations. We need to stand beside the strangers in our community—not only our family members, friends, and neighbours—as they search for a peaceful way of life. Strangers
need allies, too."
Reimer, J. 2005. "An Afterword." In L. Goyette (ed.) Standing
together: Women speak out about violence and abuse.
Edmonton AB: Brindle & Glass, p. 223.