You may wish to share your documentation with someone for various reasons. You could be working with an attorney and need to share examples of the threatening / harassing messages to prepare for court. Or you may be representing yourself in civil court and need to send yourself the content to print hardcopies. You could also be talking with law enforcement about possible criminal charges and may need to send them some of your documentation. Or, you may want to share some or all of your documentation with a friend, family member, or send to your own email address. How you use your documentation is up to you.
It is important to note that some courts have specific ways they will accept evidence. Additionally, if working with law enforcement, keeping the original message, whether an email or post on social media, may be important to an investigation. To learn more about what is suggested and needed in your local jurisdiction, please check with law enforcement, the court, an attorney, or an advocate. Some survivors may also want to send documentation to themselves as a way to make an easily-accessible copy of the content or to move it off of the device.
You can share your documentation by either sending it via email or by printing.
Sending a Secure Link via Email:
- Note: You may want to talk to the recipient prior to sharing the content so they know what you are sending, that it’s personal content not to allow others to see, and that they will need a code to view the actual content once they receive.
- Under “Documentation,” choose the incident log with the documentation that you’d like to share. Choose "Select to Share" and then choose the images and/or videos you want to send (you may choose all or some of the content under each log).
- Click the "Share" button and then enter the name and email address of the person you want to receive the content.
- Click "Encrypt Files." This encrypts your content so that it will send in a secure link that cannot be intercepted.
- Click "Share." Although the recipient will receive a link by email, they will be unable to access the content without the unlock code. This two-step process is meant to provide a layer of security to minimize the chance that someone else could see your documentation (someone who sees the link in the email, but doesn’t have the code).
- Next, you need to share the unlock code with the other person in whatever way feels the safest to you. If you don’t want the code to live on their device, in case someone else could see it, you could call the person and read them the code from the screen. Since the app will time out after a period of inactivity, you can also write it down if you are sharing by phone.
- If you would like to send the code through the app, click "Send Unlock Code" and choose the method to send it. You can send via text message, email, or other messaging platform you use to communicate with the person.
- If you need hardcopies of your documentation, you can follow the above steps to send the documentation to an email that only you have access to and then print from that email. Remember to send yourself the unlock code or write it down so you will be able to access the content in the email.