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.

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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.

Signed,

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Aliesha , 7011  /  signed 2019-12-12 20:01:47 +1100
"As a survivor of DV myself i know how crucial it is to have a phone to keep contact with friends and family, particularly within the first few weeks of leaving the relationship. Stopping this initiative is making women even more vulnerable at a time they need support most."
Caitlin , 7178  /  signed 2019-12-12 19:52:13 +1100
"I work for a company that assists Westnet and personally deal with the women these phones help daily. These phones are a lifesaver for so many and the fact that our government cares so little makes me so sad."
jess , 3550  /  signed 2019-12-12 19:49:16 +1100
Kirsty-Lee , 3227  /  signed 2019-12-12 19:47:13 +1100
"Kirsty-Lee Forssman"
Veronica , 2602  /  signed 2019-12-12 19:41:05 +1100
Susan , 4306  /  signed 2019-12-12 19:37:09 +1100
"Over the years, I have seen how common is is for abusers to “share” phones with their partners. For one 20-something woman I met once, this meant that he took the phone when he left the house and screened all her calls and conversations by sitting right beside her anytime she was allowed to use the phone. He graphically threatened exactly how he would kill her if she was ever caught using a phone without his permission. What was his motivation for abuse? She saw him horribly abusing a child, and he was controlling her because he was afraid she’d speak."
Tina , 2602  /  signed 2019-12-12 19:35:12 +1100
Rhianna , 2074  /  signed 2019-12-12 19:33:51 +1100
Nadine , 3429  /  signed 2019-12-12 19:27:33 +1100
Michelle , 2322  /  signed 2019-12-12 19:16:33 +1100
"These phones help keep women escaping violence safe, tech abuse is now a huge issue. DV services are already underfunded so they don’t need to try and find extra funds for phones. Safe Connections has been a great program and helped so many women in need- please keep ot going!"
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