24-Hour Hotline - 1-800-334-2094

As an essential service provider in our communities, The Women's Center remains open.

If you are in immediate danger or crisis, call our 24-hour hotline at 800-334-2094

It is naive in these circumstances to use the term "business as usual", but we remain vigilant in our mission to end domestic violence and sexual assault in southern Illinois and assist survivors during this cris because - unfortunately - sexual and domestic violence also continues.

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Internet & Computer Safety Alert


Email is not a safe or confidential way to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life.

Call a hotline instead.

  • Call The Women's Center's 24-hour hotline at 1-800-334-2094
  • Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1-800-799-SAFE.
  • Traditional ''corded'' phones are more private than cell phones or cordless phones.



  • 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 access to.
  • 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 emails you send, and other activities. It is not possible to delete or clear all computer ''footprints''.
  • It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology center (CTC) www.ctcnet.org (national directory), at a trusted friend's house, or an Internet Café.


IF YOU THINK YOU MAY BE MONITORED on your home computer, you might consider no home internet use or only safe 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.