Internet Safety – Deleting Cookies

There are several areas ways to help you cover your tracks where internet browsing and email is concerned, but PLEASE REMEMBER: Your computer activities might be impossible to erase. If someone might be montoring you, please use a safer computer or call a hotline for more information.

Each time you access the internet, the browser saves information such as websites visited, passwords, images, etc., in a file called cookies. Cookies should be deleted after each internet use. Please be aware of what is being deleted as not to raise suspicion. Please see directions for deleting history for each browser.

Internet Explorer 11

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click  the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.
  2. Tap or click the Tools button , point to Safety, and then tap or click Delete browsing history.
  3. Select the Cookies and website data check box, and then tap or click Delete.

Internet Explorer 10

  1. Open Internet Explorer for the desktop.
  2. Tap or click the Tools button, point to Safety, and then tap or click Delete browsing history.
  3. Select the Cookies check box, and then tap or click Delete.

Internet Explorer 9

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Tools button, point to Safety, and then click Delete browsing history.
  3. Select the Cookies check box, and then click Delete.

Internet Explorer 8

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Safety button, and then click Delete Browsing History.
  3. Select the check box next to Cookies.
  4. Select the Preserve Favorites website data check box if you don’t want to delete the cookies associated with websites in your Favorites list.
  5. Click Delete.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the History menu and select Clear Recent History…. For Windows XP: At the top of the Firefox window, click the Tools menu and select Clear Recent History….On the menu bar, click the Tools menu, and selet Clear Recent History….At the top of the Firefox window, click the Tools menu, and select Clear Recent History…
  2. Slecet how much history you want to clear.  Click the drop-down menu next to Time range to clear to choose how much of your history Firefox will clear.
  3. Next. select the arrow next to Details to select exactly what information will get cleared.
  4. Select the select the  now button, the window will close and the items will be deleted.


If your abuser can access your email they can monitor your incoming and outgoing mail.  If you use your home computer to access email:

  • Select passwords that are not easily guessed.
  • Do not save sign-in information on computer.
  • If you get threatened or harassing email messages, they can be printed and saved as evidence of the abuse. Plus, the messages may constitute a federal offense.
  • Be very careful of opening/saving documents  or pictures.

Domestic Violence Facts & Statistics

Annual Statistics (2014)

  • Over 1500 women in the Griffin Judicial Circuit served.
  • Over 150 children served.
  • Over 149 men served.
  • Provided Shelter for 222 Women & Children.
  • 3,193 crisis calls received on our 24 hour crisis hotline.
  • Over 300 Temporary Protective Orders filed.
  • Domestic Violence awareness presented to 5,607 community members.
  • 2,500 students in the Griffin Judicial Circuit high schools reached through our Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program.
  • Immediate intervention services provided to 4,203 victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence in Georgia

  • Georgia was recently ranked  9th in the nation for its rate of men killing women.
  • From 2003 through 2014, at least 1,400 Georgia citizens lost their lives due to domestic violence.
  • In 29% of the cases studied through Georgia’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project, children witnessed the domestic violence killing.
  • Firearms were the cause of death in 65% of the domestic violence fatalities between 2004 and 2014.
  • 61,415  The number of crisis calls to Georgia’s certified domestic violence agencies. (2014)
  • 68,313, The number of domestic violence incidents that law enforcement officers responded to in Georgia.(2014)
  • 23,010, The number of protective and stalking orders issued in Georgia.(2014)
  • 7,741, The number of victims and children who were provided refuge in a Georgia domestic violence shelter. (2014)
  • 5,879, The number of victims that made a request for shelter but request was not met due to lack of space (statistics are not collected by number of people). (2014)

National Statistics

  • 1 in 4 American women will experience domestic violence at some point in her lifetime.
  • Since 1976, each year about 30% of all female murder victims are killed by their intimate partner.
  • 85% of domestic violence is committed by men aganist women.
  • Women and men in same-sex relationships experience domestic violence at the same rates as heterosexual women.
  • Immigrants and refugees experience  violence at the same rates as other communities.  However, immigrants and refugees experience increased barriers to services due to language access and fear about their immigration status.
  • 15.5 million children witnessed domestic violence at least once in the past year.
  • Women are more likely to be killed by their partner with a firearm than by all other means combined.

Are You Being Abused?

Warning Signs

  • Hits, slaps, kicks, punches, shoves, or bites you. Threatens to hurt you, your children, friends, or family members.
  • Has sudden outbursts of anger or rage.
  • Behaves in an overprotective manner.
  • Becomes jealous without reason.
  • Prevents you from seeing family or friends.
  • Prevents you from going places.
  • Prevents you from going to school or work.
  • Destroys personal property.
  • Denies you access to family assets such as bank accounts, credit cards, or the car.
  • Controls all finances and forces you to account for what you spend.
  • Forces you to have sex against your will, or engage in sexual acts that you do not enjoy.
  • Insults or calls you derogatory, racial, or sexual names.
  • Uses intimidation or manipulation to control you or your children.
  • Humiliates you in front of others.
  • Turns minor incidents into major arguments.
  • Abuses or threatens to abuse pets.

Types of Abuse

Physical Abuse
Does your partner hit, slap, grab, pinch, shove, choke, kick or bite you? Does he or she deny you medical care, prevent you from taking medications, or force you to use alcohol or drugs?

Psychological Abuse
Does your partner make you afraid by threatening physical harm to you or your children, threatening to harm family pets, displaying weapons, destroying your property, preventing you form going where you want to go, or isolating you from family, friends, school, or work?

Emotional Abuse
Does your partner frequently criticize, embarrass, insult or damage your relationship with your children?

Sexual Abuse
Does your partner force you to have sex when you don’t want to?

Economic Abuse
Does your partner make or attempt to make you financially dependent? Example: taking your money, withholding money or credit cards, stopping you from going to school or work.

Domestic Violence Safety Plan

Remember that some victims of domestic violence are in more danger when they leave an abusiverelationship. It is advised that you develop a “safety plan” to have in place to be used when needed.


Suggestions for victims of abusive relationships:

  • If an argument seems unavoidable, try to get to an area where you will have access to an exit. Try to avoid the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, or anywhere weapons may be available.
  • Practice in advance how you can get out of your home safely.
  • Have a packed bag of essentials ready if you have to leave quickly. Hide it in a safe place.
  • Identify someone you trust to discuss your domestic violence situation with. Advise them to call the police if they hear or see a violent incident occurring.
  • Devise a code word, or another signal you can use with family, friends, or neighbors to alert them that the police should be called. Work out a system with your children as well.
  • Make a plan in advance regarding where you will go if you have to leave the home. Do this even if the situation is “not so bad” at the present.

You must use your own judgment and instincts when it comes to the safety of you and your children. If the situation is extremely dangerous, and you feel that your life is in danger, consider giving the abuser what he or she wants if it will keep you safe. You have a right to protect yourself until you are out of danger.


Safety on the job and in public:

  • Inform your employer about your domestic violence situation. It could save your life. Discuss some safety planning with the office or building security. Provide a picture of your abuser if possible.
  • Devise a safety plan with those you work with. Have someone escort you to your car, or public transportation if possible. Use different routes to go home if you can.
  • If you have a protective order, you must keep a copy on you at all times. Advise your employer that you have one and what it means. Call the police if your abuser violates the order.
  • If you choose to remain with the abuser, it is advisable to have and discuss an alternate plan with someone you trust.


Resources & Links

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Local Websites

National Websites