Second national survey on technology and domestic violence

Early this year Wesnet, along with Dr Delanie Woodlock and researchers from Curtin University, conducted the Second National Survey on Technology Abuse and Domestic Violence. 

Funded by Telstra, the survey was completed by 442 domestic violence workers across all states and territories in Australia. The survey repeats and expands on the original survey conducted in 2015 by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.

Current research projects

Can CCTV Provide Safety and Security for Victim-Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence

with Deakin University

Funded by the Australian Institute of Criminology under the CRG program

Technology-Facilitated Coercive Control: Mapping Women’s Diverse Pathways to Safety and Justice

With Monash University

Funded by the Australian Institute of Criminology under the CRG program

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Technology-Facilitated Sexual Harassment:
 Perpetration, Response and Prevention

With Monash University

Funded by ANROWS

Understanding Technology-Facilitated Domestic Violence in the Pacific and Building Support Services for Victim-Survivors

with Deakin University

Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs under the CCTCP program

Accessing the Family Violence Provision:
Enhancing Migrant Women’s

With Monash University

Funded by Respect Victoria

Completed projects

Staying safe: empowering women to navigate privacy, safety and security mobile apps in the Australian marketplace

Funded by an ACCAN Grant

Funded by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, Australia's peak communications consumer organisation, which represents individuals, small business and not-for-profit groups as consumers of communications products and services.


The project analyised apps targeted at women at risk of domestic violence, and which are marketed as assisting women to stay safe. Many of these apps have serious security and privacy flaws, unwittingly putting women at greater risk. Independent reviews and advice have been published to assist consumers to make informed decisions relevant to their needs. 

Project partners

WESNET is collaborated with Dr Jenna Condie and Dr Garth Neal from Western Sydney University, and Dr Robert Merkel.


Past research projects

App Safety Centre

Staying Safe: empowering women to navigate privacy, safety and security Apps in the Australian marketplace

Social Impact

Read about the first five years of the Safety Net Australia program

Listening Tour

2018 National Listening Tour Report. Supporting survivors of technology-facilitated abuse from ATSI and/or CALD communities

Spyware Report

Download the Deakin University report which we collaborated on with Dr Diarmaid Harkin, Dr Adam Molnar and Erica Vowles about Spyware

The Recharge Project

The Recharge: Women's Technology Safety project was a collaboration between Women's Legal Services NSW, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and WESNET and was funded by ACCAN 2015

The PADV archive

An archive of the myriad of hard to find Partnerships Against Domestic Violence program publications and reports.  PADV was the second attempt at a  National Plan and precedes the current National Plan.  


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