There has been an increasing trend reported by Canadian anti-violence workers where technology use and violence against women overlap. Technology can be used both to keep women and children safe and misused by perpetrators to commit crimes of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, impersonation and harassment. BCSTH resources and training assist anti-violence workers to learn how to support women and young people experiencing technology-facilitated violence including strategic methods to use technology safely and incorporate them into safety plans. Our resources and training also assist anti-violence workers to consider how their program’s use of technology in operational and administrative practices impact women and children’s safety and suggest ways to implement best practices.
BCSTH has been delivering training and supporting front line anti-violence workers on technology safety since 2007. BCSTH’s Technology Safety Project is based on the work of the US Safety Net Project run by the National Network to End Domestic Violence. This project received funding through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in 2012-2013 and BCSTH is pleased to announce funding for the 2018-2019 fiscal year from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the Civil Forfeiture Office of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (MPSSG) to research and develop resources and training about technology safety for women experiencing violence and the use of electronic databases by anti-violence programs across Canada. Funding for the printing of our Technology Safety Resources has been provided by the Health Sciences Association of British Columbia.