Stop cuts to survivor safety phone program

Stop cuts to survivor safe phones program

A new phone can be a lifeline when a woman is escaping an abuser. It can help her stay safe, stay connected to support systems and service, and prevent further abuse.

Yet the Morrison Government has just advised that funding for the WESNET program that distributes smartphones to survivors of domestic and sexual violence will be cut in June.

If this decision stands - 600 domestic violence survivors each month will miss out on a new 'safe' phone.

There's still a chance to keep this important program going -- sign the petition to join the campaign to save the safe phones program, and create a wave of backlash Minister Ruston and the Morrison Government can't ignore.

Help us get to 2,000 signatures


Sign the petition:

To Social Services Minister Ruston and the Morrison Government,

Domestic violence is a national crisis, and our governments should be ensuring all the services that can help women and their children get safe are funded to meet demand.

We urge you to reinstate funding to the Safe Technology for Women program, to ensure they can continue providing safe devices to women escaping and recovering from violence.


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Es-Mare , 6330  /  signed 2019-12-13 13:20:16 +1100
"As a member of WESNET and recipient of this program it has made an enormous difference to be able to provide a woman with a safety phone when escaping her abuser. We have over the last 18 months provided 50 women with safety phones. With the defunding of this program woman will be left even more vulnerable when safety planning and escaping."
Yvonne , 2615  /  signed 2019-12-13 13:20:00 +1100
"We all take having a phone now as part of our lives, for convenience. But to have it for safety is essential. Please don’t cut the funding to WESNET.
Thank you,
Yvonne Nicolle"
Max , 7140  /  signed 2019-12-13 13:18:48 +1100
"Why do you deny people the right to live normal lives while you live off the fat of the land that we pay for?"
Brian , 3216  /  signed 2019-12-13 13:17:03 +1100
Juliet , 2806  /  signed 2019-12-13 13:16:50 +1100
"Please, consider the harsh reality that cutting funding to this program could well result in women and their children dying at the hands of male perpetrators, or suffering further serious injuries and ongoing harassment."
Jeannette , 3892  /  signed 2019-12-13 13:16:29 +1100
Rosemary , 3219  /  signed 2019-12-13 13:12:43 +1100
"Dear Mr Morrison,

I urge you to keep funding the WESTNET program that supplies smartphones to survivors of domestic violence. This program has been so successful and withdrawing it is a backward step in providing safety and support to those people in our society who most need it."
Jemima , 2614  /  signed 2019-12-13 13:11:21 +1100
"Technology abuse is a big part of domestic violence. I used to work with women impacted by domestic violence and these phones were a life line to women who needed safe access to call for help when needed or when they fled their partners. With such chronic issues which relate to DV in Australia, the scrapping of this wonderful scheme is shameful."
Zoe , 6101  /  signed 2019-12-13 13:11:15 +1100
Margaret , 3136  /  signed 2019-12-13 13:10:25 +1100
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