Technology to help protect women from violent partners
TECHNOLOGY is helping women in danger from their violent partners.
A telephone app offering access to support services is now available.
The Daisy app, which was developed by national domestic violence response line 1800RESPECT and paid for by the Federal Government, won the support of Australian of the Year and anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty.
Ms Batty has become a powerful voice against domestic violence since Greg Anderson took her son Luke's life.
"When you are experiencing gendered violence, people often tell you what to do - but the strongest predictor of a woman's safety is the woman herself," Ms Batty said at the app's launch this week.
"What Daisy gives you is options and choices - it will help connect you with options and make choices that suit you, not what people tell you to do.
"If a refuge is the help you want, you can access that information. If you want specialist support, that's there too."
Daisy allows victims to access services including legal support and advice and crisis accommodation in their state and local area.
"Women experiencing violence can have well founded fears around the concept of just leaving," minister assisting the prime minister on the status of women Michaelia Cash said.
The app will be updated the latest.
It is free to download from Google Play for android phones and will be available soon in the App Store for iPhone.
- APN NEWSDESK