About Safe Connections
SafeConnections is an award-winning project with WESNET Safety Net Australia and Telstra to provide free, safe mobile phones to survivors of domestic and family violence, sexual assault, and other forms of violence against women.
When survivors are experiencing abuse, having access to safe ways to connect with services and loved ones is crucial.
Telstra is meeting this need by donating 20,000 smartphones with pre-paid credit and WESNET Safety Net Australia, with funding from the Australian Government, is supporting this effort by distributing the phones to frontline agencies and providing training and information on safe use of technology to frontline workers.
About Safety Net Australia
The WESNET Safety Net Australia project provides expert trainings, resources, and information on the intersection of technology and Violence Against Women (VAW).
Safety Net Australia:
- Work with communities and agencies to address how ongoing and emerging technology issues impact safety, privacy, and accessibility rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and gender-based violence.
- Educate a wide range of front-line agencies who work with women experiencing violence against women on ways to use technology strategically to help find safety.
- Advocate for strong local, state, national, and international policies that ensure the safety, privacy, and rights of all survivors of VAW.
Established in 1992, the Women’s Services Network (WESNET) is a national women’s peak advocacy body which works on behalf of women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic or family violence.
With almost 350 members across Australia, WESNET represents a range of organisations and individuals including women’s refuges, shelters, safe houses and information/ referral services.
Through its Canberra-based Office and Secretariat, and via its large national network of members and associate members, WESNET plays an important role in identifying unmet needs, canvassing new and emerging issues, facilitating policy and sector debate and lobbying government to provide improved responses to the problem of domestic and family violence.