Safety Net Canada

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Safety Net Canada addresses how technology impacts and can enhance safety, privacy, accessibility, autonomy, justice and human rights for women, youth, and other survivors of family and domestic violence, sexual and dating violence, stalking, harassment, and abuse.

Safety Net Canada étudie l’impact de la technologie et la façon d’accroitre la sécurité, la confidentialité, l’accessibilité, l’autonomie, la justice et les droits de l’homme à l’égard des femmes, des jeunes, des enfants et des victimes de violence familiale et conjugale, de violence sexuelle, de harcèlement et d’abus.

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A. What does Safety Net Canada do?

  • Track, research, assess and respond to technology issues that impact women, children and all survivors of family and domestic violence, dating and sexual violence, harassment, stalking, abuse, and, other forms of violence against women.
  • Create materials and trainings that address risks and benefits for survivors as technologies evolve.
  • Work with agencies, communities and systems to increase their capacity to use technology more safely and securely in their prevention and intervention work with survivors.
  • Provide training, capacity building, policy analysis, educational materials, and other support to the Violence Against Women (VAW) sector and criminal and civil justice systems across Canada.

B. Who is developing Safety Net Canada?

The Partners:

Safety Net Canada is a new Canadian initiative being developed by the BC Society of Transition Houses in close partnership with the Canadian Internet Privacy & Public Interest Clinic at University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law and the US National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Safety Net Project (NNEDV Safety Net).

Safety Net Canada est une initiative nationale mise au point par la British Columbia Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) en partenariat avec la Clinique d’intérêt public et de politique d’Internet du Canada (CIPPIC) de la faculté de droit de l’Université d’Ottawa et le projet US National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Safety Net Project (NNEDV Safety Net).

The People:

  • Cynthia Fraser founded Safety Net Canada. She is an International Technology Safety Specialist and BCSTH's Training Coordinator. In the last decade, she trained over 12,500 professionals to use technology to support survivors, hold offenders accountable, and prevent violence. Prior to founding Safety Net Canada, she played a key role in developing the US-based NNEDV Safety Net Technology project and VAWnet. She's been presenting anti-violence trainings and conferences since 1993 in the US, and since 2006 in Canada. She presented anti-violence trainings across Saudia Arabia in 2008 and Australia in 2011.
  • Rhiannon Wong is BCSTH's Children and Youth Services Coordinator and runs BC's Children Who Witness Abuse (CWWA) and Violence Is Preventable (VIP) initiatives. She's a seasoned Technology Safety Trainer and is playing a key role in developing Safety Net Canada with Cynthia Fraser.

We gratefully recognize the support and the ongoing work of: