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Personal safety devices for women thanks to Streetsmart grant
April 22, 2022
A $3,000 grant from Streetsmart’s Dine Smart campaign will be spent on keeping women connected and getting much needed help at any time of crisis.
The funds will be used to buy personal safety devices for women transitioning from refuge into their homes.
“We are literally able to put control back in the hands of women by using technology that can be programmed to a smartwatch,” Jessica, Manager Integrated Family Services, said.
“Women can simply twist the face of the watch, or click a button, to activate an alert which allows chosen support people to listen in, find the woman and organise help for them,” she said.
A trial of the technology has shown that participants said the watch significantly increased their safety, as well as their emotional wellbeing and mental health.
“The ability for women to be able to press a button or twist the watch face to alert people who can help is quite something,” Jess said.
“This technology is all about lifting anxiety, removing feelings of loneliness, poor self-esteem and loss of confidence, all of which are experienced by family violence survivors.”