Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sup­port

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

■ 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.

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