If possible, use an alternate phone or computer for planning
Because many abusers monitor their partner’s phone and internet activity, it’s important to formulate your plans as discreetly as possible. Acquiring a second phone your partner doesn’t know about (and won’t find) is a good option for those who can afford it. Others may need to rely on a public computer at a library or school.
If you have no choice but to use a phone or computer shared with or monitored by your abuser, be diligent about deleting your search history. To learn how to do this, click here.
Be extra careful with social media
As you navigate the process of preparing to leave and after you have relocated, be extremely careful about what, when, and how you post on social media. Social media activity can be tracked easily via location information, and even private posts can be hacked or screenshotted.
It’s best to avoid posting on social media at all during this time unless it’s absolutely necessary. Communicate with friends, family, and community members via private messages instead. It’s also a good idea to avoid accepting any new friend or follow requests from anyone whose account you don’t immediately recognize or trust.
Remove all tracking information or devices
Due to the increase in smart technology, there are many different ways to track and be tracked these days. This can include location sharing on smartphones, NFC tags, or various tracking apps. Before you leave, disable location sharing, delete tracking apps, and remove NFC tags from your belongings.
Even if you aren’t aware that you’ve been tracked, check the settings on your phone to see if location sharing was enabled without you knowing, and check through your belongings for NFC tags. It’s best to wait until right before you leave to disable your tracking information so as not to create suspicion.