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Preventing Tech-based Abuse Grant Program – Round 1 Recipients

eSafety has announced seven successful recipients in Round 1 of the Preventing Tech-based Abuse Grants Program. 

Click on the + symbol to find out about each recipient and their project.

Project name

Preventing and Disrupting Technology-facilitated Abuse Against Women Using Targeted Digital Advertising and Search Engine Optimisation Techniques

Project description

This project aims to reduce tech-based abuse through specialised online advertising and search engine optimisation techniques. The campaign will involve delivering creative prevention and deterrence messaging directly to perpetrators of technology-based abuse, and the development of an accompanying website.  

The project will be led by Deakin University’s Centre for Cyber Resilience and Trust, and delivered in collaboration with advertising agency Due North, and Relationships Australia.

Funding
$340,562.80
 

Project name

Championing Action for Tech Safety 

Project description

This project aims to enhance the understanding of tech safety and tech-based abuse in relation to family and domestic violence. It will focus on improving digital literacy and increasing conversations about tech-based abuse among culturally and linguistically diverse women and children, particularly newer arrivals and refugees. 

The project will deliver short, scenario-based films accompanied by a training package that will be presented through community education sessions in metropolitan and regional NSW and QLD by bilingual staff.

Funding
$488,471.39

Project name

Stopping Tech-based Abuse Before it Starts

Project description

The project aims to develop an evidence-based, intersectional, systems-based approach to effective primary prevention of tech-based abuse of women. This project will develop, implement and evaluate interventions, which will be co-designed based on evidence and community input. These interventions will address tech-based abuse associated with romantic relationships (including online dating) and tech-based abuse in the workplace.

The project will deliver digital training modules, self-defence resources and a prevention-based communication strategy that support sustainable peer support networks. These networks will build the confidence of individuals, organisations and communities to address problematic tech-based behaviours.

Funding
$494,610.98

Project name

‘AI Ally’: Co-Designing Anti-Harassment AI with Girls and Young Women

Project description

This project aims to develop anti-online harassment software, co-designed with girls and young women. Through participatory action research, natural language processing, generative artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning, ’AI Ally’ will act as an ‘upstander’ against online abuse in real time by detecting abuse, offering support to victims, challenging abusers, and linking users to human moderators. 

This initiative will also involve peer-led multimedia production for dissemination via a social media, and a ‘hackathon’ event. 

The project will be led by the University of Melbourne in consortium with Girl Geek Academy. 

Funding
$243,017.40

Project name

Targeting Tech-based Abuse Perpetration and Enhancing Accountability: Equipping the Perpetrator Intervention Sector

Project description

This project aims to develop, pilot, and evaluate evidence-informed resources for the perpetrator intervention sector in metro and regional locations, which can be rolled out across Australia. 

The project will target men who have perpetrated tech-based abuse against women and children in the context of family violence, through: 

  • guidance material and interactive workshops for workers in the perpetrator intervention sector
  • resources and activities for behaviour change programs
  • a virtual reality application. 

The project will be led by Monash University in consortium with No To Violence.

Funding
$444,495.91

Project name

Ending Tech-Based Abuse of Women

Project description

This project aims to raise awareness of the issue of tech-based abuse of women, and promote positive and respectful behaviour in men and boys through a series of campaigns and initiatives throughout the 2024 AFL season. It will focus on promoting an understanding that abuse of women is not just physical but also psychological and emotional, including tech-based coercive and threatening behaviour.

The project will be led by the Collingwood Football Club Foundation in consortium with the AFL, advertising agency Clemenger BBDO, and Women's Legal Services Australia.

Funding
$495,355.00
 

Project name

eAware: Raising Awareness for Digital Safety in Rural and Regional Areas

Project description

This project aims to engage rural women in a co-design prevention of violence program. It will be facilitated through consultation, workshops and subject matter experts to develop sustainable training modules and digital self-defence resources. The project will deliver digital resources and a prevention-based communication strategy to address the drivers of tech-based abuse and improve women’s safety.

The project will be led by the Gippsland Women's Health Inc, in consortium with Women's Health in the South East, Women's Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West, Women’s Health Loddon Mallee, Women’s Health Goulburn North East, and Women's Health Grampians.

Funding
$493,486.52
 

Last updated: 29/11/2023