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Category: Safety Net Project

February 27, 2012

As part of the 2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters, NNEDV's Safety Net Project hosted a full day Institute on Technology: Violence Against Women in the Digital Age.  Presenters illustrated ways that women's shelters and victims can use technology more safely and effectively. Participants from the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the Middle East learned ways that technology is misused as a tactic of abuse, ways technology can be effective in intervention and prevention work, and, how technology impacts confidentiality and privacy for victims.


Session 1: Welcome and Overview: The Intersection Between Technology and Anti-Violence Work

Presenter: Cindy Southworth, NNEDV

Why technology? This question is answered by discussing a brief history and overview of the U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Safety Net Technology Project and examples of the intersection of technology and anti-violence work in other countries.

Session 2: Technology Safety in a Digital World: Safety Planning Around Technology Misuse

Presenters: Kim Wiley, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Erica Olsen, NNEDV

Drawing from the experiences of survivors and advocates, this section highlights ways that abusers and stalkers misuse technology and provides safety strategies that survivors can use to maintain their safety and privacy.

Session 3: Organizational Use: How Agencies Can Safely & Effectively Use Technology

Presenters: Cindy Southworth & Cynthia Fraser, NNEDV; Karen Bentley, Women’s Services Network Australia (WESNET)

The way our agencies use technology can impact the confidentiality and safety of survivors. This section addresses how we manage survivor’s personal information, safeguard the equipment and devices within our spaces, and communicate and provide services to survivors through technology.

Session 4: Harnessing the Power of Technology to Create Social Change: Using Social Media and Multimedia Platforms

Presenters: Heidi Overbeck, Fenton; Amy Hill, The Center for Digital Storytelling; Kaofeng Lee, NNEDV

Social media has dramatically changed how we create, consume, and share information. Heidi will present an effective method for planning social media campaigns and Amy will provide the history and ethics of digital storytelling as a unique form of participatory media for prevention and intervention. Presenters unfold case study examples, show the power of personal narratives within social media, and provide tips on ensuring safety and privacy.

Many thanks to the Verizon Wireless Foundation for its continued support of the NNEDV Safety Net Project's work including this international training institute.