Domestic Violence Cell Phone Protection
Cell phones can give us so much freedom, but in the midst of domestic violence cell phone protection is a serious concern that can be easily overlooked.
Abuser's can use your cell phone to track your location through your service provider. With a google application called, "google latitude" and your cell phone number, your abuser can locate you. Abusers can also monitor all the telephone numbers coming in and being called out on your cell phone. If you don't have passwords in place on your cell phone, your abuser may be monitoring your text messages also.
Only use your cell phone to make calls you can make in front of your abuser. Do not call anyone your abuser could be jealous of.
Remember even if you clear the history, the cell phone statement still shows all the telephone numbers you called.
You should program your cell phone to require a password to operate, but that may set off a domestic violence situation. You can also set up your voice mail with a different password... again, that may set off a bad situation. Some people use these passwords to keep kids from playing with their phones, or so that they don't accidentally hit redial.
You will know if your abuser is checking on your cell phone activity, if they realize that your cell phone is password protected. Suddenly, they will ask why you are using a password and become suspicious.
Learn how to, and remove if necessary the call history for; calls made and received, calls missed, saved telephone numbers, text messages sent and received and saved pictures. Memorize, or write down your saved phone numbers before deleting them.
Get a "safe" cell phone that your abuser doesn't know about, or have access to. Verizon has a program to assist victims of domestic violence called HopeLine. For more information on HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.If HopeLine is not available in your country, a cheap prepaid cell phone from an electronics store will work. At least you will be able to call for help. Please remember to turn the ring volume off when you are near your abuser. In the midst of domestic violence cell phone protection should be at the top of your list as you always have it with you.
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