Your computer tracks the pages you visit including this one-

And here's how to erase it

If you are using Internet Explorer: Click the Tools button, point to Safety, and then click Delete browsing history.

If you're using Firefox: Click the menu button (three little bars all the way to the right of the address bar), choose History, and then Clear Recent History.

If you're using Chrome: In the top right, click the Menu . Click More tools, Clear browsing data. In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove. Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data you want to delete. Click Clear browsing data.

If your browser history may be accessed by your abuser the safest way to access this information is to use a library computer or one belonging to a friend.

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Hope Cards

The Hope Card allows someone who has been granted an Order of Protection in one jurisdiction to easily prove it in another jurisdiction. Hope Cards are wallet-sized and are a convenient way for people who have permanent Orders of Protection to keep relevant information with them at all times.

Victim/Witness Advocate

It is against the law in the State of Montana to cause bodily harm to a partner or family member. It is even unlawful to cause reasonable apprehension of bodily harm. What this means is if you are being hit, and /or being threatened with harm, your partner is breaking the law! Remember: no matter who you are, no matter what you do or don’t do, you never deserve to be physically or mentally abused.

Stalking

is a series of actions that make you feel afraid or in danger. Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time. A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. Most have dated or been involved with the people they stalk. Most stalking cases involve men stalking women, but men do stalk men, women do stalk women, and women do stalk men. Stalking is a crime. You are not to blame for a stalker’s behavior.

An Order of Protection

is a court order, signed by a judge, which prohibits the person who has harmed you or threatened to harm you, from having further contact with you. There is no requirement that the abuse be reported to law enforcement. There is no filing fee for orders of protection.You can petition for an order of protection if the person abusing you, or threatening to abuse you, is a family member, intimate partner or former intimate partner. There is no relationship requirement for victims of sexual assault, incest or stalking.

Things you can do to Increase Your Safety

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  • Trust your instincts. Don’t downplay the danger. If you feel you are unsafe, you probably are.
  • Take threats seriously. Danger generally is higher when the stalker talks about suicide or murder, or when a victim tries to leave or end the relationship.
  • Contact a crisis hotline, Victim Witness Advocate, or a domestic violence or rape crisis program. They can help you devise a safety plan, give you information about local laws, refer you to other services, and weigh options such as seeking a protection order.
  • Develop a safety plan, including things like changing your routine, arranging a place to stay, and having a friend or relative go places with you. Also, decide in advance what to do if the stalker shows up at your home, work, school, or somewhere else. Tell people how they can help you.
  • Don’t communicate with the stalker or respond to attempts to contact you.
  • Keep evidence of the stalking. When the stalker follows you or contacts you, write down the time, date, and place. Keep e mails, phone messages, letters, or notes. Photograph anything of yours the stalker damages and any injuries the stalker causes.
  • Ask witnesses to write down what they saw
  • Contact the police. Every state has stalking laws
  • The stalker may also have broken other laws by doing things like assaulting you or stealing or destroying your property.
  • Consider getting a court order that tells the stalker to stay away from you.
  • Tell family, friends, roommates, and co workers about the stalking and seek their support. Tell security staff at your job or school. Ask them to help watch out for your safety.
  • Contact Information

    • Heather Rykal
    • Victim/Witness Advocate
    • PO Box H, 118 W Centennial
    • Boulder MT 59632
    • (406) 225-4010

    24 Hour services

    are available by calling the Sheriff's Office at 225-4075 and asking for Heather. The dispatcher will contact Heather to return your call.

    What Can The Victim Advocate Do For You?

    • Assist with obtaining an Order of Protection for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, incest and stalking
    • Walk with you through the legal proceedings
    • Assist in Finding Services to help you stand on your own
    • 24/7 confidential assistiance
    • Assist with requesting crime victim compensation

    Montana VINE

    Victim Notification Network

    VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information. The VINE service provides information by phone, email, TTY, and text message where available. You may also sign up through your participating state's toll-free number.