According to numerous reports, there are hundreds of cell phone apps that can be used to stalk a current or former romantic partner, putting victims of domestic abuse at increased risk.
Ostensibly, companies claim that the apps are merely tools to keep tabs on a phone or an errant teen by monitoring location and activities. However, overtly, most market the app to spy on a partner, sometimes to track those suspected of cheating or just to exert control as part of an abusive pattern.
Tracking apps are a known problem among advocates for domestic abuse survivors because abusers can easily gains access to a person’s information and location, creating a physical safety risk and a means to psychologically, economically or emotionally abuse a partner.
Although abuse via text message, social media or emails are the most common form of tech-based violence against a partner, apps allowing abusers to use tracking spyware to monitor someone’s whereabouts is a dangerous development. Countless examples of ex or spouses stalking their partners through apps such as “find my phone” exist, with some encounters culminating in violence.
Exposing abuse, including stalking, aided by technology presents unique challenges when seeking protection from an abusive spouse, who may also be a parent to vulnerable children. Family law attorneys are finding creative ways to admit evidence in divorce and child custody cases, resulting in better outcomes for domestic abuse survivors and their families.
Illinois Domestic Violence Victim Advocates
There are domestic violence services available to victims of domestic abuse in Lake county. A Safe Place, serving victims of abuse, provides safe housing and supportive counseling to survivors of domestic abuse at no charge. Services are available to women and their children. Attorney Michael Strauss sits on the board of directors of A Safe Place. Schlesinger & Strauss, LLC focuses solely on protecting the rights of children, parents, grandparents, and spouses in all areas of family law, including in juvenile court matters and with domestic violence issues. To discuss an Illinois family law matter with an experienced divorce, child custody and domestic violence attorney, contact Schlesinger & Strauss, LLC at 847-680-4900.