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Resources on technology-facilitated abuse for women with disability

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • 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 is working with the disability sector to:

  • identify how technology-facilitated abuse (TFA) is being used in the context of domestic and family violence
  • develop specialist materials to empower frontline workers in the community to effectively support women with intellectual and/or cognitive disability
  • provide support to ensure the program can support frontline workers across the country.
  • The Commonwealth Government will provide $1.5 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to fund resources on technology-facilitated abuse for women with intellectual and/or cognitive disability.

What is next?

  • The first tranche of resources on technology facilitated abuse (Easy English guides: ‘What you can do about abuse through technology’ and ‘What you can do about image-based abuse’) was released in 2020.
  • Tailored webinar-based training for domestic and family violence and disability support frontline workers was launched in January 2021. As at end February 2021 eSafety has trained 124 frontline workers from the domestic and family violence and disability sectors.
  • Research into the TFA experiences of women with an intellectual disability and/or cognitive disability is currently in the field. This will be completed and released by June 2021.
  • Additional dedicated web and training resources will be released from May 2021.

What difference will we make?

  • The intended outcomes of these activities are to increase sector capacity and capability in understanding the impact of technology-facilitated abuse on women with intellectual and/or cognitive disability
  • Indicators for monitoring the performance of these activities include:
    • completed development of targeted and accessible training materials
    • number of frontline workers trained.

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