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Help available in Sheffield 08088082241

You have the right to love your life free from fear, violence and abuse. 

Domestic abuse is about power and control and can involve physical, emotional , sexual and financial abuse as well as forced marriage and honor based violence. It is rarely a one-off incident and tends to get worse over time. You might feel frightened, humiliated and isolated.

Remember: you are not to blame and you are not alone.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone regardless of gender, age, race, class, culture, disability, sexuality or lifestyle. It is acknowledged in Sheffield that men can experience abuse and women can be abusers.

Call the Sheffield Domestic Abuse Helpline on 08088082241. Sheffield Domestic Abuse Helpline is free from landlines and mist mobile networks.

Visit Sheffield Domestic Abuse website www.sheffielddact.org.uk or email help@sheffielddact.org.uk

Is this a confidential service?

What you tell the Sheffield Domestic Abuse Helpline about yourself and your circumstances is confidential and they will respect your need for safety. If there are urgent safety issues for you, another adult, or a child or young person, which will require the disclosure of information, they will keep you involved and informed of this.



Sheffield Drug and Alcohol/Domestic Abuse Coordination Team. (2016). Retrieved from http://sheffielddact.org.uk/.

Cover your steps

Safety information

As you surf the internet, your internet browser (eg internet explorer) will save save certain information such as which sites you have visited, files you’ve downloaded and images you’ve viewed.

If you are worried that an abuser may have access to your computer, you can cover your tracks by taking a few simple precautions outlined below.

However, all of this information may not completely hide your tracks. If you have any doubts, you might prefer to use a friend’s computer, a work computer or visit a local library or internet cafe to ensure that you are safe.

Deleting cookies, files and internet history

If you know what browser you are using, then skip to the relevant instructions below. If you don’t know the type of browser you are using, click on Help on the toolbar at the top of the browser screen. A drop down menu will appear, the last entry will say About Internet Explorer, About Mozilla Firefox, or something similar. The entry refers to which browser type you are using – you should then refer to the relevant instructions below.

Internet Explorer
Click on the Tools menu and select Internet Options.
On the General page, under Temporary Internet Files:
Click on Delete Cookies and then OK
Click on Delete Files, put a tick in the box labeled Delete all offline content and then OK
Under History, click on Clear History and then OK
Now look at the top of the window and click on the Content tab, select AutoComplete and finally, Clear Forms.

Click on Tools and then Options, then click on Privacy.
Click on History and then Clear Browsing History Now.
Click on Saved forms and then Clear Saved Forms Data Now.
Click on Passwords and then untick Remember Passwords.
Click on Download History and then Clear Download History Now.
Click on Cookies and then Clear Cookies Now.
Click on Cache and then Clear Cache Now.

Alternatively to quickly erase all private data click on Tools and then Clear Private Data button (or ctrl+shift+delete on the keyboard).

Click on Tools and then Preferences.
Click on the Advanced tab and then the History section on the left-hand side.
Click the two Clear buttons and the Empty Now button.

Deleting your browsing history

Internet browsers also keep a record of all the web pages you visit. This is known as a ‘history’. To delete history for Internet Explorer and Netscape/Firefox hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard, then press the H key (Crtl, Alt and H for Opera). Find any entries that sayhttp://www.respect.uk.net (or any other site you want to delete) right click and choose Delete.


If an abuser has access to your email account, they may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. Make sure that you choose a password that an abuser will not be able to guess – and change it regularly, just in case.

If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing e-mails, make sure you print and save them. Although you may be tempted to delete them – especially if they are distressing – they are evidence and may help you prove that a criminal offence has been committed.

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Mens Advice Line. (2016). How to cover your internet tracks. Retrieved from http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/pages/mens_advice_cover_your_tracks.html.