New training initiative to combat online abuse

Release Date: 
30 June 2018
Media release

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Minister for Communications

The Hon Kelly O'Dwyer MP
Minister for Women

A new online training program will provide frontline domestic and family violence professionals with more educational resources to help women experiencing online abuse.

The new training program, delivered as part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to ensuring the safety of women and children, is the latest tool released by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, and Minister for Women, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, welcomed the initiative, which focuses on assisting professionals to identify technology-facilitated and image-based abuse and implement privacy measures for victims.

“We are committed to ensuring a range of services are available to those working on the frontline with women experiencing technology-facilitated abuse,” Minister Fifield said.

“That’s why we set aside an additional $1.2 million in the latest budget for the eSafety Office to develop a range of resources to enhance women’s online safety.”

“The eSafety Women initiative is a free service, intended to complement other face-to-face training workshops already on offer.”

“Accessible training services will ensure that busy frontline staff can easily access the training they need to support women in need,” Minister O’Dwyer said.

“The new online training program will allow more social workers and domestic violence and health professionals to receive crucial skills and undertake training when required.”

“The $1.2 million committed to the eSafety Office in the Budget builds on the more than $300 million already invested by the Turnbull Government into programmes to improve women’s safety.”

Since its launch in 2015, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner has developed a range of initiatives to help all Australians navigate online safety. This includes a portal to report image-based abuse, a complaints scheme to remove harmful cyberbullying content and access to immediate support.

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