The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has released an innovative online training program to better train lawyers working with women who are abused, controlled or stalked through technology like phones and the internet
Australia’s eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said technology-facilitated abuse was a sad but logical next step for stalkers and harassers operating in the digital age. The new program, “eSafety Women – online training for frontline workers”, equips frontline workers of all industries with skills needed to assist women who are victims of digital threats.
“While the effects of technology-facilitated abuse may not always be visible, we know the impact can be just as devastating to a woman’s physical and psychological wellbeing and safety,” said Inman Grant. “It’s essential that professionals helping women in these situations have easy access to quality training to provide them with the confidence and skills they need to help women protect and empower themselves, and their families, online.”
The program is the first substantial training program of its kind and has so far been delivered to more than 5,000 workers across Australia.
Frontline professionals, including lawyers and social workers, allied health professionals, police and government employees who assist women experiencing domestic violence can register for the free online training now at frontlineworkers.esafety.gov.au