Keeping women safe in their home
Technology-facilitated abuse is a growing contributor to violence against women, with perpetrators increasingly using technology to monitor, stalk and control a victim’s movements.
Through the Keeping Women Safe in their Home initiative, we trialled a range of new and emerging technologies to:
- help improve the safety of women and their children escaping domestic and family violence (DFV)
- enable them to remain in their own homes following the completion of a comprehensive risk assessment as part of a safety plan.
The trials were conducted in 4 locations:
Technologies trialled included:
- personal duress alarms with 24/7 monitoring through an external security service
- CCTV home security cameras linked to devices to record data
- victim-focused smartphone technology applications
- training and support to raise awareness about technology-facilitated abuse among trial participants
- electronic sweeps, scans and debugging of victims’ homes and belongings for surveillance technology.
The initiative also involved:
- research and place-based trials of safety security upgrades of specific benefit to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of DFV
- a project to deliver better outcomes for victims of DFV accessing the private rental market.