Please be alerted to the safety issues below regarding computer usage if you are a victim of domestic abuse.
Safety Alert for Battered Women: Computer use can be monitored and it is impossible to completely clear information viewed on the Internet from your computer. If you are in danger, please use a safer computer, call your local hotline at (309) 827-7070, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Internet and Computer Safety
There are hundreds of ways that computers record everything you do on the computer and on the Internet. If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer that someone abusive does not have direct access, or even remote (hacking) access to.
- Use a safer computer. It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology center (CTC), at a trusted friend's house, or at an Internet Cafe.
- If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably, are. Abusive people are often controlling and want to know your every move. You don't need to be a computer programmer or have special skills to monitor someone's computer activities - anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor.
- Computers can provide a lot of information about what you look at on the Internet, the e-mails you send, and other activities.
- It is not possible to delete or clear all computer "footprints".
- If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, you might consider no home Internet use or "safer" Internet surfing. Example: If you are planning to flee to California, don't look at classified ads for jobs and apartments, bus tickets, etc. for California on a home computer or any computer an abuser has physical or remote access to. Use a safer computer to research an escape plan.
- E-mail is not a safe or confidential way to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life, please call your local domestic violence program hotline instead.
- Traditional "corded" phones are more private than cellular phones or cordless phones.
Mid Central Community Action's
Countering Domestic Violence(CDV)/
Contact Neville House:
24 HOUR HOTLINE: 309-827-7070
This program, which operates in McLean County only, is designed to create safe, nurturing families free from violence and control through free and confidential services. CDV assists and empowers families in crisis situations with individual and group counseling for adults and children and serves as a community resource by providing awareness, advocacy, and education on the issue of domestic violence. As the only emergency shelter in the area, we can empower residents as they strive to accomplish their goals through assistance in areas such as domestic violence education, life skills training, transportation, medical assistance and parenting support.
CDV Confidential Services:
- 24 Hour Hotline: 309-827-7070
- Emergency shelter
- Legal advocacy
- Outreach Intervention Services
- Support Groups for children dealing with domestic violence
- Support Groups for victims of domestic violence
- Parenting classes & groups
- Community education/training seminars
- Services are free and confidential
We believe that a community that is well-informed about domestic violence will lead to community members that are involved in finding solutions. Partnerships with other community organizations, businesses, agencies, churches and educational institutions are fundamental in our work. CDV staff is available for in-services, staff training, school dating violence prevention programs, and community presentations.
40-Hr Domestic Violence Training
MCCA's Countering Domestic Violence periodically presents a 40-Hour Domestic Violence training at their 1301 W Washington St., Bloomington office. Topics covered include:
Dynamics and basic theories of domestic violence
Characteristics of abusers
DV and the legal system
DV and children
Religion and DV
Counseling DV victims and survivors
and much, much more.
CDV is an ICDVP training and supervisory site.
The next class will be posted on this website when the dates are available.
Interested in donating to CDV?
Please View the CDV Wish List!
Please call CDV Neville House at (309) 828-8913 before donating to our program.
VIP: Invitation 4 Communication Workshop
CDV and the Soroptimist International of Bloomington/Normal now offer workshops for Moms and daughters (15-18 yrs). Ever wonder what your teenage daughter thinks about her relationships? Ever wonder what your Mom thinks is important to you?
Schools, churches, employers and civic organizations are invited to schedule a workshop to explore the answers to these questions and many more! Contact the Director of CDV Programs, Deborah White, at (309) 828 8913 or DWhite@MCCAinc.org for more information, or to schedule a workshop.
Download the VIP Flyer (.pdf format) here
YOUR BILL OF RIGHTS
You have the right to be you.
You have the right to put yourself first.
You have the right to be safe.
You have the right to love and be loved.
You have the right to be treated with respect.
You have the right to be human—NOT PERFECT.
You have the right to be angry and protest if you are treated unfairly or abusively by anyone.
You have the right to your own privacy.
You have the right to you own opinions, to express them, and to be taken seriously.
You have the right to earn and control your own money.
You have the right to ask questions about anything that affects your life.
You have the right to make decisions that affect you.
You have the right to grow and change (and that includes changing your mind).
You have the right to say NO.
You have the right to make mistakes.
You have the right NOT to be responsible for other adults’ problems.
You have the right not to be liked by everyone.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONTROL YOUR OWN LIFE AND TO CHANGE IT IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY WITH IT AS IT IS.
Copyright © 1995, Sage Publications, Inc.
National Domestic Violence Hotline/Linea Nacional Sobre La Violencia Domestica: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
TTY For The Deaf/TTY para los Sordos: 1-800-787-3224