SafeTCard are proud to be part of a new $150 million program announced by the Government in Victoria, Australia.
As part of the five-year program, that was announced on 11th October 2014, there will be a two-year trial of GPS technology. This will involve up to 200 high-risk offenders being ordered to wear a GPS tracking device which would notify the woman and police if a no-go zone was breached. In addition, the woman will be issued with a SafeTCard personal security alarm which will enable her to call for assistance should she need it.
The features of the SafeTCard personal safety device make it perfect for this kind of use as it is equipped with a number of alarm settings as well as 24/7 monitoring and, in addition, the device can capture audio that can later be used as evidence. Some models of the SafeTCard device also feature GPS functionality that gives additional protection and even video capture too.
Announcing the program, Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said that the system "is effectively an early warning system for the woman." She went on to say that the system would be evaluated to "see the impact that it has and to assess whether it's worth rolling out more broadly."
Also speaking about the unveiling of the GPS trial, Premier Denis Napthine said, "In 2013, 44 men, women and children died as a direct result of family violence. This is an unacceptable tragedy." He went on to say that, "This pilot will help us evaluate how effective GPS can be to prevent family violence and help women and children feel safer."
In addition to the GPS trial, the program also includes a major prevention campaign starting immediately that is aimed at tackling family violence. It is hoped that this will help to cut domestic violence rates that opposition spokesman Martin Pakula has described as having "exploded" under the current Government.
The whole campaign has been backed by domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty, whose son Luke Batty was murdered by his dad, Greg Anderson eight months ago. In this instance an intervention order was in place against him, but he was allowed to visit Luke at a football oval south-east of Melbourne. The circumstances of this tragic case, along with calls from the Police Association for serial family violence offenders to be forced to wear electronic security bracelets, seem to have led, ultimately, to the announcement of the new initiative and the GPS trial.
For more information on the unique features of the SafeTCard device that make it so well suited for use in domestic violence cases please visit our SafeTCard - Domestic Violence Safety Device page or download the SafeTCard Domestic Violence Flyer by clicking on the button below.