The safety of women and children in an abusive relationship is always our first concern – there is advice, support and information available to you which are not dependent on your partner accessing a service. Wakefield District’s local domestic abuse service Safe At Home can:

• Provide an IDVA service (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) who can assess your risk and offer support through civil and criminal courts
• Offer counselling and emotional support
• Advise on housing options and legal remedies
• Provide a Sanctuary Service – making your home safer if you choose to separate
• Give information on other relevant services.

You can contact Safe At Home on 0800 915 1561.
If you are in immediate danger always call 999.


Alternatively you may want to speak to someone about the abuse you are experiencing, please contact one of the following services:
National Domestic Violence Helpline – 24hr service – 0800 2000 247 (Women’s Aid and Refuge)
Police Safeguarding Unit, Wakefield – 01924 293851
Victim Support – 0845 3030 900
National Stalking Helpline – 0808 8020 300
Karma Nirvana – 0800 5999 247 – forced marriage and ‘honour’ based violence
Social Care Direct – 0845 850 3503.

Keeping yourself safe online.
If you're worried about someone knowing you have visited this website please read the following safety information.

The best way to be completely sure you’re not being tracked online is to access the internet at a local library, an internet cafe, friend's house or at work. 

Abusers can look at the history of sites you've visited.
As a rule, internet browsers will save certain information as you surf the internet. This includes images from websites visited, words entered into search engines and a trail ('history') that reveals the sites you have visited. Below are instructions to minimise the chances of someone finding out that you have visited this website.

Warning about deleting cookies and address histories. There is a risk involved in removing data from your computer. For instance, if your partner uses online banking and has a saved password, then if you clear the cookies on your PC, your partner will realise you've done so, because their password will no longer be saved.  Also, your partner may notice if the address history on the PC has been cleared, and this may raise suspicion.

How do I work out which browser I'm using?
If you do not 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.

Instructions on how to delete history & cache from your PC.

Internet Explorer 6 
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 labelled Delete all offline content and click 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.

Internet Explorer 7
Click on the Tools menu and select Internet Options. In the General page under Browser History, select the Delete button. Either select and Delete each section: Temporary internet files; Cookies, History; Forms data and Passwords; or select the Delete all button at the bottom to clear everything.

Firefox 1 (NOT / Netscape)
Click on Tools and then Options, then click on Privacy. Click on the Clear button next to History; Saved Form Information; Cookies and Cache. Firefox 2 Click on Tools and then Options, then click on Privacy. At private data select settings, ensure that all boxes have been selected and then click on Clear Now.

Netscape 7
Click on the Edit menu and select Preferences.  In the left pane, expand History then in the right area click Clear History.  Next, expand Privacy and Security and select Cookies then on the button Manage Stored Cookies and in the new dialog box click Remove All Cookies.  Then repeat similar for Forms and the Manage Stored Form Data button and the same for Passwords and the Manage Stored Passwords button.  Additionally, you may Manage Forms, Cookies and Passwords individually from the Tools menu - but not the temporary page Cache files.

Opera
Click on Tools and then Preferences. Click on the Advanced tab and then the History section on the left-hand side. Click the Clear button to the right of Addresses and the Empty Now button to the right of Disk cache. Opera does not have an easy way to clear all Cookies.

Safari (often used on Apple Macs)
Resetting Safari clears the history, empties the cache, clears the Downloads window, and removes all cookies. It also removes any saved user names and passwords or other AutoFill data and clears Google/Yahoo search entries. To do this go to the Safari menu at top left hand screen. Choose Reset Safari, and click Reset.

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 (Ctrl, Alt and H for Opera). Find any entries that say www.strengthtochange.org.uk, right click and choose "Delete". For Safari, select History at top of the screen and choose "Clear History"

Toolbars
Toolbars such as Google, AOL and Yahoo keep a record of the search words you have typed into the toolbar search box. In order to erase all the search words you have typed in, you will need to check the individual instructions for each type of toolbar. For example, for the Google toolbar all you need to do is click on the Google icon, and choose "Clear Search History".