This glossary explains terms and phrases used throughout this app. These are not legal definitions and users should look to their state-specific laws and statutes or speak to a local attorney, law enforcement, or advocate if there are further questions. These definitions are solely a resource to help you navigate this app.

Documentation or Evidence

For the purposes of this app, this is defined as any content that shows abusive, threatening, harmful, or problematic behaviors directed towards you or others. This app provides a place to collect items as proof of such behaviors. This app also provides the opportunity for you to share these items with others to show what has been happening or for legal purposes. What will be considered admissible “evidence” in a court of law will depend on the jurisdiction and the laws of your state. We encourage any user to speak with a local attorney and/or victim advocate if choosing to seek legal assistance. . For more information on court procedures, visit the Preparing for Court section.  

 Uncompromised Device

A device that has not been tampered with or is not being monitored by the abusive person. Preferably, a device that the abusive person has not had physical access to, and that isn’t connected to shared iCloud or Google accounts.

Strong Password

A password that is not known to anyone else, and that you haven’t used for any other account or app. The best passwords are at least 12 – 15 characters long. You can keep it simple by creating a short sentence that’s easy for you to remember, like summerismyfavoriteseason. For added strength, or if a website requires it, you can add numbers and symbols to the mix: Summeri$myfav0riteseason.

Device Safety

This refers to the important activity of increasing the security of our personal devices so that we enhance our privacy and minimize their vulnerability to misuse. Our devices, such as phones, computers, tablets, and gaming systems collect, store, and share (potentially) a wealth of personal information. Abusers may try to monitor, limit access to, or break these devices as a way to control, surveil, limit the user’s activity, or gather information without consent.


A picture of something being displayed in real-time on the screen of your device. This could be of an image, an email message, a text or other type of instant message, or the content on a website. See our video on how to take a screenshot on your device or Google “How to take a screenshot on…” and type the type of device you have.


A screencast is a video of something being displayed in real-time on the screen of your device. Also known as a video screen capture. May also include audio narration.

Social Media

Online, user-generated content, including a wide range of websites and applications that can be accessible from computers, smart phones, and tablets. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are three of the most popular social media platforms, although there are many more. 

Native App

The messaging service(s) your phone came with (iMessages, Text Messages, and Voicemail).

The Cloud / Cloud

A term used to describe software and services that run on the Internet, instead of on your computer’s hard drive. The software and services run on servers that are maintained, operated, and managed by third-party providers, and those providers often have access to the data that is being input by the consumer.


The process of using an algorithm to transform information to make it unreadable. Once encrypted, information can only be decrypted and made readable by a user with the correct encryption key. There are many kinds of encryption, and each varies in the degree of security it offers.


An electronic tag that assigns a geographical location to a photograph or video, a posting on a social media website, or other electronic image. When on, geotags add the exact location of where an image was taken to the metadata of the image. 


The process of adding the geotag of geographical information to a photo, video, social media post, or other electronic image. This includes information that can identify where a photo or video was taken such as the longitude and latitude, place names and altitude.

 EXIF Data

Also called metadata, EXIF data refers to the information that is stored in an image file. This may include the date and time the image was taken, the make and model of the camera or phone, and the location the image or video was taken(geotag).