Quick exit of this site

You can exit these pages quickly by clicking the orange 'Exit Site' button on the right of the screen. It will take you to the BBC website homepage.

Covering your tracks

However, if you want to keep your access to and use of the Safeplace information on this site a secret from your partner or anyone else, follow the steps below to cover your tracks. 

If someone who you’re in an abusive or violent relationship with can access the computer or phone that you use, it’s best to visit our site from a different device they cannot share.

Even if you follow these steps, it may still be possible for people with a high level of IT skills to see which websites you’ve visited or see emails you’ve sent. Remember too that clearing history and deleting information from a shared computer may raise suspicion, so think ahead and be careful.

Six steps to safer browsing

  1. Use an email account that others cannot access, or choose a password that no-one will be able to guess.
  2. If your browser allows it, access the Safeplace site via a private browsing window (for example, the InPrivate feature on Internet Explorer 8 and later). Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome also have a private browsing feature.
  3. Delete your web browser history and cache regularly, and disable web form data, cookies and autocomplete for web addresses.
  4. Find and delete any other files created by your browser (for example, Flash and other plug-ins).
  5. If you’re using a mobile phone to access the Safeplace site, check the browser carefully to achieve steps 1-4. Apple, Windows, Android, Opera and other generic smartphone browsers all offer similar features and protection.
  6. Clear the search history from your toolbar search box (for example, Google, AOL and Yahoo).

For details on how to follow these steps for your particular system, use the ‘Help’ function in your browser.