Government of New Brunswick

It may not be safe for you to access sites for information about intimate partner violence from your computer. Your abusive partner could discover what sites you have visited. Internet browsers record a history of recently visited web sites for fast reloading on your next visit. Your safety could be jeopardized if your abusive partner were to check this history. There are some things you can do to hide your Internet use. It may be safer to access information on the Internet from a friend's house, your workplace, a library or Internet cafe.

To hide your Internet activities you need to clear the computer's memory of the most recent pages you have accessed. This memory is the browser's cache. By emptying your computer's cache, your recently visited sites will be deleted. It is a good idea to access some sites on other subjects after you have cleared the cache so that it will have some items in it. For instance, check out the sites of newspapers, government, or entertainment. This way, the cache and history list start to get filled up so your partner might be less likely to notice that old information is missing.

The above content is credited to Sexual Assault Centre London.


Clearing your Internet browsing history

To cover your computer tracks you need to clear your computer’s history and cache (automatically saved web pages and graphics).

Remember to complete this procedure each time you use the Internet prior to logging off. You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser's settings:

  • Internet Explorer: From the Tools menu, select Internet Options. Choose the General tab and, under Temporary Internet Files, click on Delete Files. Under History, click on Clear History. Then, click OK. (Shortcut: Press [CTRL] + [Shift] + [DEL] then complete the dialog box.)
  • Firefox:  From the Edit menu, select Preferences. Under Privacy, select History and click on Clear Browsing History Now. Then select Cache & click on Clear Cache Now. (Shortcut: Press [CTRL] + [Shift] + [DEL] then complete the dialog box.)
  • Safari: From the Safari menu, select Empty Cache and click on Empty. Pull down the History menu, select Clear History and click on Clear).
  • Chrome: From the Chrome top right-hand corner box with 3 bars,  select Tools and clear browsing data. In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove (history, cookies, cache). Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select Beginning of Time to delete everything and click Clear browsing data. (Shortcut: Press [CTRL] + [Shift] + [DEL] then complete the dialog box

If you do not see your browser here, a quick Google search for "how to erase my browsing history on X," where X is the browser you're using, should turn up the exact instructions you need.

Using Private Browsing:

  • For Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and higher: Click on Tools or Safety then click on In Private Browsing. (Shortcut: press [Ctrl] + [Shift]+ [P])
  • For Google Chrome: Click on the wrench icon then click on New Incognito Window. (Shortcut: press [Ctrl] + [Shift]+ [N])
  • For Firefox: Click on Tools then click on Start Private Browsing. Click OK. (Shortcut: press [Ctrl] + [Shift]+ [P])
  • For Safari: Click on the word Safari at the top of your screen and look for Private Browsing in the drop down menu. Click on it. (Shortcut: press Command + Shift + N)

**Please note that Silverlight, Flash versions less than 10.1, and other plugin applications still put information on the computer even in private browsing mode.  Flash 10.1 supports private browsing on Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

The above content is credited to Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre.


Cover Your Tracks

For information on safe computer use, do a Web search on "cover your tracks on the Internet" and/or "cyberstalking." When in doubt, try to find a computer that your abusive partner will not check, such as one at a public library or shelter for women.

If you call for information or assistance and your phone has a re-dial feature, then call some other number after calling the police, crisis line, women's shelter or victim services. Or if you called from a cell phone, don't forget to clear the number from your list of past calls. That way the abusive person won't know what you're doing or planning.

The above content is credited to Department of Justice.



Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) can occur in all relationship types (current and former married, common-law and dating relationships, and irrespective of sexual orientation) and can affect people of all genders. While this behaviour can be directed at male victims, the vast majority of victims of IPV are women, and men tend to more commonly be the abusive partner. Many services listed for victims of IPV are for female victims unless otherwise stated.