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Using this site safely

It is very common for abusers to monitor or control their partners’ use of technology and the internet. You are not alone in this, and there are steps you can take to increase your safety and privacy.

If you have any worries about your privacy whilst using this website, you can: 

  • Use the Quick Exit Button to leave this site; it will take you to Google immediately, won’t return to this site if somebody clicks the ‘back’ button, and also move this site down in your browser history. 
  • When it is safe to do so, delete this site and any similar sites from your browser history.
  • If you have time, write down the Helpline number (0808 2000 247) and website ( on some paper and hide it somewhere safe, so you can contact us in future. 

Deleting browser history

  • It is important the person you are worried about doesn’t know you have been seeking support. If you think they might track what you are doing online, deleting your browser history is a good way to increase your privacy. Deleting your entire browser history may also look suspicious; consider deleting only the entries related to seeking support around domestic abuse.
  • Depending on your browser type and device, there are slightly different ways of deleting entries in your history. If you aren’t sure how to, you can find instructions on the browser’s webpage – but remember to delete this entry in your search history, too.

Deleting your browser history on:

Remember, you can call us anytime

Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day.

0808 2000 247

Other tips

  • Use a phone or computer the person you are worried about doesn’t have access to – like a friend’s phone, or work phone
  • Use the private or ‘incognito’ mode in your browser
  • Sign out of accounts such as Google or Facebook before searching the web or on video sites like YouTube

Protect yourself against tech abuse

If you're worried someone might be monitoring your mobile, our guide can help you change your settings and stay safe.