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Do you know a woman who is being abused? A legal rights handbook

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What about online accounts?

Your partner might try to monitor your emails, website visits, or telephone calls.

If you and your partner share an email account, you should set up your own account and keep your password private. If you have your own email account but your partner knows or could figure out your password, you should change it. Stay away from passwords that are things your partner would think of. For example, do not use your children's names, the name of your pet, children's birthdates, or other words or numbers that your partner knows.

If you are worried that your partner will try to harass you by email, keep your old email address for him to use and use your new email address for everything else. This way, you can control how often you look at emails from your partner.

Important: Email messages are not private. If you send messages to your partner after you separate that are angry or insulting, your partner can use them in family law proceedings.

You should also be careful about other online passwords that you partner might know or could figure out. For example, you might want to change your online banking password.

Luke's Place tells you how to stay safe online or on your phone. See

Phone and mail

You might also want to change your cell phone number, so your partner cannot call and harass you.

You can have your mail forwarded either at the post office or online at There is a fee for this service. You should also tell your banks, Canada Revenue Agency, and other important businesses if you move.