If elected in March 2018 a Marshall Liberal Government will develop a personal protection app to help protect victims of domestic violence in South Australia.
The personal protection app will be modelled on the successful NSW app and will provide victims of domestic violence with a quick and discrete means of contacting their support network or authorities if they are feeling threatened.
“We will make it easier for women experiencing or at risk of domestic violence to access information and call for emergency support,” said Shadow Attorney-General Vickie Chapman.
“It’s absolutely disgusting that last year there were over 25,000 reported instances of domestic violence – that’s three every hour of every day.
“In Australia one in six women experience domestic violence and more than one woman tragically loses their life at the hands of a partner or ex-partner each week.
“The State Liberals don’t accept that domestic violence is so ingrained in our community and so many women fall victim to this disgusting behaviour every day.
“It can be very difficult for victims of domestic violence to reach out for help because they fear further retribution from their abusive partner.
“That’s why we will develop a discrete app so that women experiencing or at risk of domestic violence will be able to access important information or request help from friends or the police without alerting the perpetrator.
“This will be based on a similar phone app (Aurora) which has been developed and used in NSW with great success.
“Women will be able to use this app to access basic information about what behaviour is considered domestic violence and links to support services, including emergency accommodation.
“It will also be a discrete and easy method for women to call for help, whether that be a friend or family member or the police in more serious instances.
“Often the first item women grab when they are fleeing their home to escape domestic violence is their mobile phone, so having all this information in a phone app will make it easier for women to call for help and access information.
“This will provide women and potential victims with the means to safely and quickly escape potentially dangerous or life threatening situations.”