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

1,825 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.

Signed,

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Karlee , 6069  /  signed 2020-02-08 19:31:39 +1100
"Hi I have worked in this industry and seen the assistance gives people expecting DV lets keep going what a working."
Caterina , 6312  /  signed 2020-02-08 19:28:03 +1100
"I am a Family & Domestic Violence Support worker. Phones are an important part of a victims safety plan for them to call police or support lines and for assistance from other agencies. There is a lot of financial abuse in FDV and some victims can’t afford to buy a phone, or acquire a second one to keep in safe place due to an emergency. To be able to communicate with victims is crucial when they reach out for help."
Sheena , 6105  /  signed 2020-02-08 19:23:15 +1100
Sarndra , 6105  /  signed 2020-02-08 19:11:10 +1100
Kimberley , 6208  /  signed 2020-02-08 19:06:23 +1100
"Having a means off communication can be a life saving thing for victims of DV, providing victims of DV with a phone is the first step to keeping them safe."
Lindsay , 6171  /  signed 2020-02-08 19:00:10 +1100
Jenny , 6169  /  signed 2020-02-08 18:56:29 +1100
Dannielle , 6163  /  signed 2020-02-08 18:56:13 +1100
Col , 6168  /  signed 2020-02-08 18:50:26 +1100
Riley , 6170  /  signed 2020-02-08 18:10:54 +1100
"My mum is a domestic violence officer and it means the world to her"
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