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Internet usage can be monitored and is impossible to erase completely.

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Computers store information about the websites you visit. That means bills you pay and purchases you make are tracked, and messages or emails can be retrieved. You should always consider that a computer might be monitored when you use it and be careful with what you send others or post.

Safe computers can be found at your local library, Internet cafe, shelter, workplace, or computer technology center; avoid using shared computers when researching things like travel plans, housing options, legal issues, and safety plans. Using safe browsing practices (like using a VPN) can help prevent abusive partners from tracking your Internet history.

When parenting issues are present in a domestic violence case, the Court may order an assessment by Family Court Services. In a domestic violence assessment:

  • The social worker interviews both parents to assess allegations of domestic violence, risk factors associated with domestic violence, and how those risk factors may impact the children.
  • Additional information may be gathered from other professionals who have information about the domestic violence and by reviewing materials that document concerns about violence and risk factors.
  • The findings and recommendations of the assessment are reported to parents, their attorneys, and the Court.
Domestic Violence Assessments are provided by order of the court when a parent has petitioned for a protection order or when domestic violence issues of an emergency nature are alleged in a pending family law case. If your case has been ordered to Family Court Services for a Domestic Violence Assessment, you must complete the appropriate Domestic Violence Assessment Questionnaire (links below) and send it to the address on the form or bring it with you to your scheduled Family Court Services appointment.

Review the King County Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Coordinated Response Guideline.