Domestic Violence Awareness at The University of Michigan
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If you are in danger, please use a safer computer, or call 911, a local hotline, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224. Learn more technology safety tips.

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Internet Protection

Cyber stalking, or using the Internet to spy on or harm someone, is a rapidly growing threat to domestic violence survivors. Fortunately, there are resources that can help you stay safe.

Resources at the University of Michigan

U-M employees and students can choose to keep their personal information private by hiding it from others. Instructions for doing so are available from Information Technology Services at www.itcs.umich.edu/itcsdocs/s4276.

Members of the university community who believe they are being harmed by someone in violation of the university's information technology policies can seek help from the University of Michigan User Advocate. You can contact that office by email at abuse@umich.edu. Their website provides information on university policies, the rights and responsibilities of university community members, how to protect against identity misrepresentation and theft, and other helpful information.

Information Technology Security Services offers Tools & Tips for Protecting Your Computer and Data. The University of Michigan Department of Public Safety (734-763-1131) is also a resource for addressing crimes such as stalking or financial fraud that involve the Internet and affect a member of the university community.

National Resources

A number of national organizations that address domestic violence provide information about Internet security.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides basic information on avoiding stalking through the Internet.

Kent State University provides links to several other sites from its page on Internet Safety, part of its domestic violence awareness website.

One of those sites, "Privacy and the Internet, Traveling in Cyberspace Safely," posted by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, includes particularly complete information on how to maintain or increase your safety, with detailed instructions for a variety of internet browsers.

Safety Tips

If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer that someone abusive does not have direct or remote (hacking) access to.