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 is set to cut funding for the WESNET program that distributes smartphones to survivors of domestic and sexual violence 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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Samantha , 3377  /  signed 2020-02-26 07:49:55 +1100
Michele , 2250  /  signed 2020-02-26 07:32:09 +1100
Judith , 6112  /  signed 2020-02-26 00:17:50 +1100
"Scrap the $9million “education” campaign to see 5 G to the people of Australia – this money would be more effective and put to better use to keep this phone programme happening for women escaping domestic violence"
Helen , 3134  /  signed 2020-02-26 00:11:12 +1100
"I know the fear a woman has when in a relationship with a violent partner. Having a private phone which that partner is not aware of can mean the difference between life and death or serious injury. The small government outlay for this returns substantial savings in health care and justice services."
Jennifer , 2602  /  signed 2020-02-26 00:06:35 +1100
Lorraine , 3850  /  signed 2020-02-25 22:46:18 +1100
Ella , 5155  /  signed 2020-02-25 22:42:40 +1100
Margaret , 3136  /  signed 2020-02-25 22:29:44 +1100
"How could any Govt cut funds for DV programs??
Hannah was “monitored” by her killer using her phone. I can’t get past the brutality of her death along with her beautiful children. Men in Govt need to take the lead in this and ensure women are protected."
Kylie , 4000  /  signed 2020-02-25 21:47:12 +1100
Bree , 6169  /  signed 2020-02-25 21:46:06 +1100
"I too was in an abusive relationship. Women need this funding to stay safe"
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