Qld mobile app to support victims of DFV

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 23 December, 2021

Qld mobile app to support victims of DFV

The Queensland Government has partnered with Griffith University and Telstra to launch a new mobile app designed to provide residents with vital information needed to support victims of domestic and family violence (DFV).

The Griffith University MATE Bystander program seeks to educate the community to recognise signs of DFV and respond earlier. The program delivers person-to-person training, online webinars and other modules.

The government, Griffith University and Telstra have developed the Be There app to provide the information needed to support friends or family members experiencing DFV.

“We’re trying to make it easier for Queenslanders to identify what DFV is and be able to respond earlier and appropriately to what can usually be a complex and difficult situation,” said Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman.

“The app will provide helpful information and will refer users to resources and services. It will also work as a guide to help a bystander to do simple appropriate things like check in with their friend, offer their support — now or whenever they need it.”

The app is now available on the Android App Store and Google Play.

Fentiman said the government will conduct a new campaign this month to raise awareness around non-physical violence in the lead-up to summer break.

“Sadly, we usually see increased reports of domestic and family violence during the holiday season,” she said.

“That’s why we will launch our awareness campaign across social media, on catch-up TV and in public spaces across the state.”

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