Women's Refuge and The Warehouse team up to help victims of domestic violence
Two organisations have teamed up to make the digital world a safer place for victims of domestic abuse.
Women's Refuge and The Warehouse have launched an untraceable website portal where women in abusive relationships can seek help without the risk of their abuser finding out.
Marlborough Women's Refuge manager Rachel Black says the portal, which is at the bottom of The Warehouse home page, will be a huge help in the technological world.
"We have noticed an increase of perpetrators using smartphones, software and apps to track and stalk women," she says.
"It's really important to have the technology side covered. We've talked about having your cellphone on you and having it charged, but what we're finding is that technology has been turned and used against [victims]. Things can be traced, calls can be looked up, so this is one way of counteracting that."
The portal will have information on how to locate the nearest refuge, contact details for helplines and ways of identifying domestic violence, and the visit will not show up on the user's browser history.
"The idea is the same as on our national website, that you can go in and hide your visit so it's not traceable.
"A woman can go in, find the information, if someone comes in the room and she feels unsafe she can just click out and she'll be on The Warehouse website."
Women's Refuge and The Warehouse have been working together to provide education on domestic violence training within the workplace, Rachel says.
"They've been doing a lot around safety for their workers and are training around identifying and responding to domestic violence.
"We're hoping other businesses might come on board with this as well, not just the website but the training within their workplaces."
Rachel says having "all bases covered" with technology is a huge step forward.
"It's nationwide. It's not relative to population. You might hear a bit more about Auckland but that's because of the size. It happens everywhere, and across all socio-economic groups. Violence doesn't discriminate."
The untraceable website portal can be located at the bottom of The Warehouse site home page under "corporate". The site has been undergoing maintenance but will be running permanently this week.
- The Marlborough Express