There has been an increasing trend reported by Canadian anti-violence workers where technology use and violence 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’s technology safety resources and training assist anti-violence workers to learn more about 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. In the past, this project has received support from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Health Sciences Association of BC and the Department of Justice Canada. Currently we are grateful to be funded by the Civil Forfeiture Office of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (MPSSG) and the Law Foundation of BC.
- Technology Safety and Privacy Toolkit
- Technology Safety Planning Resources
- Legal Remedies for Canadian Women Experiencing Technology-Facilitated Violence
- Database Considerations for Canadian Anti-Violence Programs
- Digital Services Toolkit
- Preserving Evidence of Technology-Facilitated Violence Toolkit
- Responding to Teen Digital Dating Violence Toolkit
* The term “women” refers to and is inclusive of all self-identified women. BCSTH recognizes that while gender-based violence has significant impacts on cis-gender women and girls in Canada, 2SLGBTQQIA+ and gender non-conforming people are disproportionately impacted by experiences of violence.