Domestic violence support
■ Women in the Pilbara experiencing the impacts of sexual assault, domestic and family violence can now find help in one place through the updated Daisy app.
Daisy — developed with input from all State and territory governments and funded by the Australian Government — has been downloaded by about 2000 women nationally since its launch in March.
The updated app launched last week, has new features including translated information across 28 language groups, text-to-voice functionality for women with a vision impairment or low literacy, and an SMS function for women living in rural or remote areas.
The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the app was a valuable tool to assist women in accessing services relevant to their unique situation.
“To make accessing support as straightforward as possible, Daisy provides women with an easy-to-use list of specialist sexual assault, domestic and family violence services in their state and local area,” she said.
Special features of Daisy include a get help function that allows users to quickly call 000, and a quick exit button to leave screens containing service information.
However, Roebourne Munga Tharndu Maya Women’s Refuge crisis care co-ordinator Jen Hecksher said she had doubts about the Daisy App’s practicality in remote areas of the Pilbara, where many women in crisis were without mobile services.
“It’s a good idea in theory, but there are a lot of women we see here who don’t have phones or have reception in remote areas,” she said.
“Our hostel gets referrals mainly from other local services like the police, Department of Child Protection and the Karratha hostel, rather than online directories.”
Daisy is free to download from Google Play for Android phones and the App Store for iPhones at www.1800respect.org.au/daisy.