Privacy Policy

privacy policy

Privacy Policy

Who we are

HAVOCA is run by survivors for adult survivors of child abuse. We provide support, friendship and advice for any adult who’s life has been affected by childhood abuse. We are voluntary, not-for-profit and international.

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments/posts on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

If you contact us the information you send is stored on our email client. Once it has been actioned the email is deleted unless there is a specific reason to save the correspondence (eg you ask us to keep your details on record).


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Our survey stores the answers you supply anonymously.  We use the data collected to provide statistical analysis which provides the bedrock of education, awareness and trend information for abuse.

Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website or forums, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

It is possible to change your forum username.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site (including the forum), or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.  This includes posts, threads or comments left on this site that are immediately available on the public domain.  If your comment provides context to an ongoing thread then it can’t be deleted or removed without the consent of everyone in that online conversation.

Forum accounts can not be deleted in their entirety but you can demand that your personal details (profile) is disconnected from the posts you have made.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.  We do not actively send your details to any third party company.

Your contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

Your data is protected via our secure servers and held in databases, protected by antivirus and appropriate backup software. Our Trustee acts as the Data Protection Officer.


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