Over the last 10 years Djirra has seen an increase in technology-facilitated abuse, alongside an increased use of social media and electronic devices. Within the family violence context, the use of technology has created another layer of abuse, where physical distance does not mean that the violence stops. In response to this emerging issue, Djirra is prioritising work around eSafety to create culturally safe, self-determined solutions.
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What is technology-facilitated abuse (TFA)?
Technology-facilitated abuse is a form of family violence that occurs when a person uses technology to control or cause harm to another person.
This can include:
- Using location tracking technology to stalk or track someone.
- Sending harassing or threatening messages.
- Sharing or threatening to share intimate images without consent.
- Setting up fake profiles with the intent to harm, humiliate or threaten.
- Accessing accounts (such as email, social media, online banking) without consent.
- Restricting access to technology (such as breaking devices).
If you or someone you know is experiencing technology-facilitated abuse, reach out to Djirra for support. Freecall 1800 DJIRRA, 9am-10pm, Monday - Friday.
For more information and to report image-based abuse, contact: www.esafety.gov.au/report
If you have immediate concerns for your safety call Triple Zero (000).