Knowledge, skills, confidence: empowering and protecting women online

The 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held next week at the QT, Gold Coast over 3 and 4 December with optional workshops on 5 December. 

Joining us at the conference is Ms Rosalie O’Neale, Program Manager – eSafetyWomen, Office of the eSafety Commissioner who will present on Knowledge, skills, confidence: empowering and protecting women online.

Abstract

A 2015 survey of domestic and family violence workers found that 98% of women who experience emotional and/or physical abuse from a current or former partner also experience technology-facilitated abuse. They are harassed, monitored, stalked, humiliated and threatened via mobiles, computers and social media platforms. Young women, women who have a disability, Indigenous women, and those from CALD backgrounds are particularly vulnerable to this form of abuse.

This presentation will cover three innovative aspects of the work of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, relevant to the themes of the conference, which address the needs of women who experience technology-facilitated abuse.

The eSafetyWomen program aims to empower women to take control of their online experiences through the provision of advice and assistance for those directly affected by technology-facilitated abuse. It also trains frontline domestic and family violence workers to give them the confidence and skills they need to better help their clients deal with this type of abuse.

The recently launched eSafetyWomen—online training for frontline workers complements our successful face-to-face workshops. This program enables frontline workers in regional and remote areas to undertake comprehensive, self-paced training they may otherwise not have access to.

The Office has recently conducted two research projects into the experiences and needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women, and of Indigenous women who are exposed to technology-facilitated abuse.

These ground-breaking studies have informed the further development of tailored resources and additional training programs, to properly and effectively meet their needs.

The Office also plays a critical role in the fight against image-based abuse. Our national online portal, launched in October 2017, provides all Australians with practical support when intimate images or videos are posted without their consent. This presentation will provide an update on reporting trends and of our research on this issue.

Biography

Rosalie O’Neale leads the eSafetyWomen program for the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. eSafetyWomen empowers Australian women to manage technology risks and abuse and take control of their online experiences. It provides practical guidance and tools, as well as training for frontline domestic and family violence workers. Rosalie has recently developed eSafetyWomen—online training for frontline workers to extend this training to workers in regional/remote areas. Rosalie has many years’ experience in the development and delivery of online safety education programs. She also has a long-standing involvement in the conduct of research into the way Australians use and experience technology.

Last minute tickets are still available for the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference, please visit www.stopdomesticviolence.com.au

 

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