New & Emerging Technology

Everyday there is new and emerging technology to track people and their activities.

One of the latest phenomena we have seen is “Spoof Card” – This is a service provided to those desiring to hide their phone number from Caller ID services. Spoof Card works much like a calling card by purchasing minutes. With those purchased minutes, you can call someone and have any phone number in the world display on a caller ID screen instead of your own.

Also, many cell phones now come equipped with GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking. You can be tracked and located at any given time if this GPS technology is in your cell phone.

If you are a member of a social networking site such as Facebook, MySpace or Twitter, remember that anything posted on your site (or on your friends' sites) can be, and in some cases has been, used in court. Additionally, perpetrators can use information posted on these sites to their advantage and your safety can be compromised. Be careful what information you decide to put on these sites.

If you are in danger, please:

  • Call 911
  • Call the Women’s Resource Center Hotline at (540) 639-1123.
  • Call a national hotline:
    • U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or TTY at 1-800-787-3224
    • U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 automatically connects you to a local U.S. rape crisis program near your phone number's area code.
    • U.S. National Teen Dating Violence Helpline at 1-866-331-9474
  • Remember that “corded” phones are more private and less interceptable than cordless phones or analog cell phones.
  • Be aware that you may not be able to reach 911 using an Internet phone or Internet-based phone service, so you may need to be prepared to use another phone to call 911.
  • Contact your local domestic violence program, shelter or rape crisis center to learn about free cell phone donation programs.