Domestic violence app to be developed locally

ROUNDTABLE: Minister Michelle Lensink and Minister Carolyn Power with some of the local domestic violence services.
ROUNDTABLE: Minister Michelle Lensink and Minister Carolyn Power with some of the local domestic violence services.

A new personal protection app aimed at protecting women and children from domestic violence is being developed locally with $150,000 allocated to the new project.

Other new services addressing domestic violence were discussed at a round-table meeting in Port Lincoln on Friday, including the introduction of a domestic violence history scheme, a 24/7 Crisis Hotline and a safety hub.

Minister for Human Services, Michelle Lensink said it was critical that the government continued to seek feedback from regional areas on domestic violence as the “one-size-fits-all approach is not good enough”.

“...we need to do more to ensure women feel safe and supported.

“Prevention, response and recovery may look different in different regions, so it is vital that we get feedback from regional communities.”

According to a 2012/14 Australia Institute of Crimology report, on average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner in Australia.

Over the next four years the state government will invest $11.9 million to address domestic violence. 

The funding will go toward programs, such as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, that allows partners or concerned friends and family to see if a partner has a history of domestic violence; and Safety Hubs, which are a single entry point for integrated services, like SA Police, legal aid and social workers, to provide a coordinated response to a range of different needs.

Ms Lensink said providers had been waiting 30 years for the 24/7 Crisis Hotline, with the old service only available between business hours.

Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention, Carolyn Power said the government’s new policies and services could potentially save lives.

“We know domestic violence doesn’t happen within business hours or at a certain time,” she said.

“On my table the response to the 24/7 hotline was overwhelmingly positive, the reoccurring word in the room was ‘fantastic’.”

Mrs Power said the government was also working with a Port Lincoln company to amend a domestic violence app that would link directly to SAPOL and women’s services. 

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.