Using Technology Against Us
26 June 2017, 3:03p
Social media and technology make it easy to communicate and stay connected with other people regardless of where they are located. Unfortunately, someone who is abusive can use this technology to stalk, harass, and control their partner. In what is being coined as “technology-facilitated stalking” abusers can use information from Facebook status updates or the GPS on a phone/car to find their partner’s whereabouts.
The most dangerous time for a survivor of domestic violence is when they are in the process of leaving their abusive partner.
Abusers can use technology to covertly track their partner's location.
With technology-facilitated stalking, abusers not only can track a person’s location, but also listen in on phone calls, read text messages and emails, and view search engine history. In addition to making it harder for the survivor to safely leave, this also means that when they do, they may have to leave their phone and car behind, which only further isolates them.
If someone you know may be experiencing technology-facilitated stalking, you can help. Let them use your phone to safely call CARDV’s Crisis & Support line: (541) 754-0110 or (800) 927-0197. We can help them make a plan to stay safe.