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Resources on technology-facilitated abuse for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
    • 6 Value and engage the expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men, communities and organisations to lead in the creation and implementation of community-led solutions to build and manage change.
  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 11 Deliver policies and services to address the disproportionate impact of violence on particular groups.
  • Respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment
    • 15 Strengthen the capacity of all sectors to address sexual harassment to ensure women are safe at work, while studying, in public and online.

What are we doing?

The Commonwealth Government will work with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to:

  • identify how technology-facilitated abuse is being used in the context of domestic and family violence
  • co-create specialist materials to empower frontline workers in the community to effectively support Indigenous women
  • provide support to ensure the program can scale and support frontline workers across the country.
  • The Commonwealth Government will provide $2.5 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to fund resources to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women identify, report and protect themselves and their children from technology-facilitated abuse.

What is next?

  • Development of resources on technology-facilitated abuse for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women commences in the first quarter of 2020
  • The first annual progress report for this initiative will be due in the second quarter of 2020.

 What difference will we make?

Intended outcomes for this initiative include:

  • communities actively participate in the development of culturally appropriate training and support materials
  • sectors and communities have increased capacity and capability in understanding the impact of technology-facilitated abuse
  • Indicators for monitoring the performance of these activities include:
  • completed development of culturally specific training materials
  • number of frontline workers trained.

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