6 - Documenting privacy violations

Keeping careful records of the stalking or harassment can be very important if you choose to press charges against your abuser or file for a restraining order.

  1. Take screenshots of messages\/texts\/e-mails\/phone records you receive that show the abuser is harassing you

  2. In a diary, write down the date and time of each incident in chronological order

Taking Screenshots & Save Them Safely

Windows desktop

  1. Press PrtScn. (usually above the ‘Insert’ button, near Backspace).

  2. Open Paint by clicking the Start button , clicking All Programs -> Accessories -> Paint.

  3. In Paint, on the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Paste.


  1. Press Command-Shift-4.

  2. Drag the cross over the area that you want to screenshot and release.

  3. You’ll find the screenshot saved as a .png file on your desktop.

iOS (iPhone, iPad)

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top or side of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

  2. Immediately press and release the Home button.

  3. You can find the screenshot in your Photos app.


  1. Press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time.

  2. You'll see an animation on the screen, indicating that the screenshot was saved.

Non-Smart phone

If you do not have a smartphone, you can do one of the following:

  1. Take a photo of the text message or call log

  2. Save the texts on the phone

  3. Request call records from your phone company

Saving screenshots in a safe place

  1. Always save screenshots in more than one place.

  2. Save screenshots in a private Google Drive folder, private Cloud account, private Dropbox or at CrashPlan.

  3. E-mail screenshots to a secret email address that only you know about, or to a friend’s e-mail address. Remember to delete the e-mail from your “Sent” and “Draft” folders to remove all traces of it.

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