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Technology Safety

There are many great reasons to use online tools like social media and other cutting edge technology, but many survivors of domestic violence have privacy concerns about who can access their personal information on the Internet and through their cell phones and computers.

The following resources can help you make sure that you are taking the appropriate safety measures when it comes to your privacy and your use of technology:

 

  • Technology

  • Facebook

  • Twitter

For safety tips, information, and privacy strategies, explore Technology Safety & Privacy: A Toolkit for Survivors by the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

To start, review Technology Safety Planning with Survivors for simple but critical tips about how to keep your personal information safe.

Technology Safety


To secure your privacy on Facebook, access these helpful tools from the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Facebook


To secure your privacy on Twitter, check out this guide for survivors from the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Safety & Privacy on Twitter

Emergency Cell Phones

If you think that your abuser is tracking, or has otherwise compromised, your cell phone, our member agencies may be able to help you obtain a replacement phone through programs such as Verizon Hopeline. This particular program provides cell phones to domestic violence agencies, who can then distribute them to victims of domestic violence.

Address Confidentiality

Voter Address Confidentiality

The Rhode Island Office of the Secretary of State offers an address confidentiality program that enables victims of domestic violence to participate in the electoral process while keeping their addresses confidential.

Medical Records Privacy

Victims of domestic violence have a right to the privacy of their medical records.

There is no mandatory reporting of domestic violence in Rhode Island, unless the case falls under one of Rhode Island's mandatory reporting categories, which include gunshot wounds, abuse of children, abuse of persons with developmental disabilities, and abuse of elders.

Hospitals and doctors who share the medical information of a patient without that patient's permission when they are not required to do so by law may face fines and other sanctions under state and federal laws.

To learn more, review the following:

Rhode Island Confidentiality of Health Care Communications and Information Act

Federal HIPAA Privacy Rule