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Refuge’s partnership with Safety Net

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a US-based social change organisation dedicated to creating a social, political, and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists. NNEDV’s Safety Net Project focuses on the intersection of technology and intimate partner abuse and works to address how it impacts the safety, privacy, accessibility, and civil rights of victims.

Founded in 2002, Safety Net leads the way with its extensive knowledge of technological abuse and Refuge has had the privilege of working closely with Safety Net to develop and strengthen its tech abuse work.

Toby Shulruff, Senior Technology Safety Specialist at Safety Net, said about our partnership:

 “Safety Net has been pleased to work with Refuge as they build and enhance their capacity to respond to the needs of women who are experiencing tech abuse. Their dedication to women’s safety and empowerment is woven through the support and information they offer to every woman who contacts Refuge.”

Tech abuse and tech safety resources

Through our work with Safety Net, we can share their invaluable resources. We have highlighted below a list of Safety Net’s online resources that inform both professionals and survivors about different aspects of technological abuse. Please note, the links below are to Safety Net’s external website and will open in a new browser window.

Guides and tips for survivors

  • Technology safety quick tips summarises different types of technologies that can be used to facilitate abuse. There is also information about how the devices can be recognised and how to lower the risk they pose. Download a PDF version
  • Documenting tech abuse – Documenting experiences of abuse can be crucial for many reasons. This resource provides information on how and what to record. Download a PDF version
  • Technology abuse log template PDF is a useful tool to organise experiences of technological abuse in a simple and concise format. Download a PDF version
  • iPhone privacy and security guide – Mobile phones are the personal devices that many of us take everywhere, so it’s important to ensure we use them safely and securely. This guide details all aspects of iPhone privacy and security, alongside helpful tips about how to increase safety on an iPhone. Download a PDF version
  • Staying safe on Facebook – This guide sets out important privacy and security features on Facebook and how they can be used to stay safe on the platform. Facebook has over a billion users so it’s important to make sure that what we post is only viewable by those we want to share information with.
  • Safety and privacy on Twitter – This guide provides useful information on how Twitter account holders can review and increase their privacy and security features. It also explains how to respond if you experience abuse on the platform.
  • Online gaming: privacy risks and strategies – Worldwide, adults and children play games online. With such a wide and diverse user base, it is important to stay safe. This guide describes instances where privacy could be compromised on online gaming platforms. Information is also provided on how to maximise security and privacy across online gaming devices and accounts. Download a PDF version
  • Spyware, surveillance and safety details the increasing risk posed by software and hardware that has been created solely to gather information from a technology user non-consensually. The resource also explains how breached privacy and security can be re-established. Download a PDF version
  • Technology safety plan – Each experience of technological abuse is unique to the individual. One of the first steps towards ending these experiences is by creating a safety plan. This resource sets out a simple plan on how a technology user can identify the abuse and increase their safety, security, and privacy. Download a PDF version
  • Choosing and using apps: Considerations for survivors – There are many smartphone and tablet apps available that attempt to address the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Survivors often need to take into account their safety and privacy when communicating and accessing information; this is true when determining which app to download and use. This resource lists questions and considerations to go through when looking at using any of these available apps. Download a PDF version

Tools for professionals working with survivors

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