Technology & Abuse

The use of technology in abuse and stalking is an emerging trend. Phones, tablets, computers, and social networking websites can be used to create a sense that the abuser is always present, and to isolate, punish, and humiliate victim-survivors. We understand these challenges and the need to balance staying connected with others while also being aware of potential misuses.

Woman's hand on mouse at computer photo by Kristin Hardwick

Make a Plan

Technology can be a powerful tool. Phones and computers allow victim-survivors to gather important information, connect with supports and reach out for help.

Unfortunately, abusers often use technology as a tool to control or harass victim-survivors. Survivors report that abusers monitor and track them, expose their private information and set up fake profiles on social media.

Some survivors choose—or are forced—to avoid using technology such as cell phones. But it may not be realistic or desirable for survivors to limit or discontinue using technology. Advocates are available to talk with victim-survivors about how to make a plan for safety that considers the pros and cons of technology.

For resources on technology and abuse, visit our resource page.

New Hope for Women Locations

We offer 4 onsite locations serving Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo counties in Maine.

MAILING ADDRESS FOR ALL OFFICES:
New Hope for Women
P.O. Box A, Rockland, Maine 04841

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24/7 Helpline Midcoast Maine 1-800-522-3304

24/7 Statewide Helpline
1-866-834-4357