Comic Relief has rolled out a new ‘Tech vs Abuse’ funding initiative, a small targeted fund for technological innovation and creative digital solutions, to improve the safety of women and girls affected by domestic abuse.
The organisation says the initiative will attempt to help the millions of women and girls in the UK that are subject to violent and controlling behaviour, most often at the hands of someone they know well.
In a news story in its website it adds that there are organisations throughout the country working to support women and girls, to raise awareness of the issues, advocate for change and equality, and tackle harmful behaviour. It went on to say it is committed to supporting women and girls to take the lead in creating change that will enable everyone to live safe and fulfilling lives.
Comic Relief has been committed to supporting work in this area for over 20 years. While frontline services and strategic advocacy work remain the necessary backbone of support for survivors of abuse, it also recognises that we live in a changing world which is leaving us increasingly dependent on technology for all aspects of our daily lives and interactions.
Applications for funding
Via its Tech vs Abuse initiative applications are being invited to create, adapt, scale up or roll out digital solutions which respond to one of the following design challenges:
Fifteen minute window: Provide or curate key information online for women experiencing domestic abuse in a way which is easy to find, simple to navigate and quick to interact with.
Effective real-time support services: Enable women to find and access services for support (including referrals) when required, day or night, seamlessly and with minimal logistical and emotional burden.
Safer digital-footprint: Provide people affected by domestic abuse and frontline professionals the confidence and knowledge they need to use technology and stay online safely, with full control over their online data, privacy settings and social media accounts.
Accessible legal and financial information: Use the creative opportunities of the web to raise awareness of what an abusive relationship looks like, provoking women and girls experiencing abuse to recognise this and get support.
These have been developed through research with over 200 survivors of domestic abuse and 350 sector practitioners. Further details can be found at www.techvsabuse.info.
The application process for ‘Tech vs Abuse’ closes at midday on 13 March. For more details and to apply for funding head to the Comic Relief grants page.
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