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Introduction

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's Domestic Abuse Forum is a borough wide forum for anyone working with, or who has an interest in working with victims and survivors of domestic abuse. The Forum meets regularly throughout the year to give members an opporuntiy to develop their knowledge, network, and discuss current issues and successes.

This website is split into information for professionals and information for the public. If you want to find out about what's going on in the Royal Borough at a strategic level or want to know what training is available for example, the For Professionals section is probably for you.

If you are worried about your own relationship, or a friend's, or are looking for information and support around domestic abuse, the For The Public section will probably be more useful to you. You have the right to feel, and remain, safe at all times. We hope that by you reading this information you will start to plan a safe future - you are not alone. You always have a choice and an alternative.

Click on any of the sections to access the information you feel is relevant.


Covering your tracks

Information about web sites you have visited is never completely gone - you may want to consider using a public computer, or one at a friend's house to avoid anyone tracking your internet history.

Email accounts:
If an abuser has access to your email account, they may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail.

If you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password that an abuser will not be able to guess. Always make sure you log out completely when you've finished reading your email. If your browser offers to remember your password, click no.

If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, you can print and save these as evidence of this abuse.

History / cache file:
If an abuser knows how to read your computer's history or cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), they may be able to see information you have viewed recently on the internet. You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser's settings.

If you do not want other people who use this computer to know you have been looking at this website, you can delete this site from your computer's history folder by doing the following

- Internet Explorer
Pull down Tools menu, select Internet Options. Click Delete Files and check the Delete all offline content box and then click OK (this may take some time to delete). Finally click Clear History and Yes

- Netscape
Pull down Edit menu and select Preferences. Click on Navigator on choose Clear History. Click on Advanced then select Cache. Click on Clear Disk Cache

- AOL

Pull down Members menu, select Preferences. Click on WWW icon. Then select Advanced. Purge Cache.

- Mozilla Firefox
Pull down Tools menu, select Clear Recent History. Select the amount of time you want to clear and click Clear Now. Pull down Tools menu, select Options. Click the Privacy icon, then Remove Individual Cookies. Click Remove All Cookies.

This information may not completely hide your tracks. Many browser types have features that display recently visited sites. Also, if your abuser looks at the web history and finds it wiped, or discovers that saved passwords are gone, they may become suspicious.

Remember: the safest way to make sure your abuser doesn't see what you've accessed is to use a computer away from home - at the library, an internet cafe, work, or a friend's house.

 
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