The Safe T Card is the newest technology to prevent family violence, and it has a 100 per cent success rate.
Shaska had been experiencing controlling behaviour from her ex-partner for two years. "I wouldn't let him in to the house, so he tried breaking his way in. I ran to the phone to call the police, and he cut off the phone line. I would go to sleep with the home phone in one hand and my mobile in the other, just waiting. I had never been this frightened in my entire life."
12 women wore the device for a twelve month pilot project. There were zero incidences of harm while women were wearing the card. There are now thirty women using it daily, and hundreds more requests.
"Remarkably, we did not have one woman have a face to face breach," said Janine Mahoney, the CEO of Safter Futures Foundation.
Shaska's experience was similarly miraculous. "He had breached the intervention order between twenty and fifty times in the lead-up to me getting the saferty card. He hasn't breached it at all since."
Victims of abuse wearing the card press the button. It sends an emergency trigger to a security centre tracking the owner’s location. An immediate audio recording is activated and that feed goes to police and paramedics if needed. As they are receiving both location data and audio, they can monitor the situation and act quickly.
All the information is securely stored on a server and can be used as evidence against the perpetrator.
In the lead up to state elections both sides of politics have been spruiking policy promises to better protect women and children. Just yesterday the government signed off on $230 million to help curb domestic violence.
Janine Mahoney, the CEO of the SafeTCard’s producer Safer Futures said that the card is just one measure as part of a larger project to be linked to other technologies. “We are hoping to roll out with more funding and get these out across the country,” she said.
“I hope more women come forward and take up interventions like the SafeTCard,” Shaksa said. “It’s the reason I am safe and no longer wake up feeling like my life is in jeopardy everyday.”