Social Media and Cell Phones: Tools For The Abuser

NPR said that 85 percent of the shelters they surveyed say they’re working directly with victims whose abusers tracked them using GPS. Seventy-five percent say they’re working with victims whose abusers eavesdropped on their conversation remotely — using hidden mobile apps. And nearly half the shelters they surveyed have a policy against using Facebook on premises, because they are concerned a stalker can pinpoint location.

I made a decision not to trust my anti-husband with anything after he emailed me asking for a divorce–in all his actions, he showed his disregard for our well-being. I strategically went dark on social media and avoided speaking to those who shared a mutual connection with him.  He had access to my made and received calls for months after he left, so I never called numbers that would “give away” my new home.  It was a pain, but it ensured he can’t have access to me and that makes me feel safe.


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