WESNET is the expert when it comes to domestic and family violence and technology facilitated abuse. We are the unashamed nerds of the DFV Sector. We have up-to-date training content developed by practitioners for practitioners using a DV lens. We understand domestic and family violence and we understand how abusers can misuse technology in the context of domestic and family violence and other forms of gender-based violence.
We also cover all forms of technology. We train on everything from “faxes” to “facebook”. Our trainers have trained over 4,200 frontline workers, police, magistrates, governments, businesses, legal services since 2012.
I think the training was really great- even though I see myself as fairly technologically ‘savvy’. Definitely started to see the use of abuse through technology as something a front line worker can have some control in supporting – rather then telling women to stay off social media. Such great stuff
eSafety for Women training (Level 1)
In June 2016, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and WESNET commenced jointly delivering training to raise awareness of technology-facilitated abuse and what can be done about it. The training presentation was created by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and WESNET, with support from the Department of Social Services as part of the Federal Government’s $100m Women’s Safety Package.
Training comprises a two-hour workshop for frontline and specialist staff, mainstream professionals and those volunteering in the domestic violence eld, and gives participants:
- a detailed understanding of how technology-facilitated abuse can occur
- the knowledge and confidence to support women and families experiencing or recovering from this type of abuse.
For information about the free level 1 training being jointly presented by the Office of the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner please click here.
Safe Connections /Safe Technology for women training (Level 2)
We have significantly expanded our Safe Connections Program. Under the program, Telstra provides smartphones with a $30 start up package to WESNET to give to women experiencing DV through a network of frontline agencies. WESNET has also received government funding so that we can provide free training to agencies that sign on or who want to refer women to agencies participating in the program. This Level 2 training focuses on technology-facilitated abuse through Smart Phone technology. To read more about the program please click here.
Face-to-Face Training Events and Webinars (Customised)
The Women’s Services Network (WESNET) is pleased to present Technology Safety Training to interested members and others working with and supporting survivors and victims of abuse and violence.
Initially developed in the US by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Technology Safety Training educates service providers in the domestic and family violence sector to:
- understand HOW technologies work
- identify HOW abusers are misusing technology
- assess HOW technology use impacts women and girls experiencing violence
- discuss HOW technology can be used to help women and girls experiencing violence
- support women and girls with privacy and SAFETY PLANNING about technology and EVIDENCE COLLECTION
The training is suitable for agencies and services working or supporting victims and/or survivors of violence and abuse, those in the domestic/family violence, sexual assault and rape crisis, primary care, community health, housing and homelessness sector, community legal centres, police and court staff, youth workers, disability workers, child protection, and policy makers and program managers in government and non-government agencies.
Technologies covered can include:
- Phones — including mobiles, caller ID and landlines
- GPS and location tracking
- Cameras and images
- Social media and online spaces
- Spyware, monitoring and surveillance
- Computers and networks
- Emails & texting
- Assistive Technology
- and much, much more…
Technology Safety Summit
WESNET hosts an annual Technology Safety Summit. This annual conference brings together national and international experts on technology safety and violence against women.
The Tech Summit is for anyone interested in the intersection between technology and violence against women and is relevant for front line workers, police, lawyers and other legal professionals, policymakers, researchers, and technologists interested in the intersection of technology, privacy, security and violence against women. Attendees have the opportunity to engage and build relationships across relevant sectors, supporting knowledge sharing and collaboration to address technology-facilitated abuse.
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