Friends With Dignity and CommSync have partnered to provide a safety alarm device for victims and survivors of domestic violence with the FriendSafe program.
Complementing the Friends With Dignity Urgent Request program, the FriendSafe initiative will provide an extra level of security to help those who have fled a violent situation, as well as those who may still be at risk, by providing them with a CommSync personal Smart Watch device.
"These devices are most suitable for individuals who are at immediate risk of abuse or violence, have fled their homes and are currently homeless, awaiting availability in Refuge or housing, still living in their homes with the perpetrator, or the perpetrator has been removed from the family home, or living in their new homes, however they currently feel unsafe in their home, or unsafe to undertake everyday activities outside of the home," said Friends With Dignity Chief Executive Officer, Manuela Whitford.
Utilising the latest technology, monitored personal safety alarms for individuals and families are now easier and more discreet than ever.
The CommSync personal smart watch device looks and acts the same as any other, with a few important additions – the ability to call emergency services with the push of a button, eliminating the need for a phone.
"The device will alert anyone identified in the individual's Safety Plan, and if necessary, directly dial emergency services at any time of the day or night, 365 days a year," said Ms Whitford.
"With the battery life of 72 hours, daily charging is not necessary.
"The user need only charge the watch while having dinner, and it's good to go for another three days."
Friends With Dignity will cover the full cost of the watch, including a 12 month subscription, for those who have been referred by a registered agency, service or organisation, with the watch to be used in conjunction with their safety management plan.
The CommSync personal smart watch device will also be available to purchase directly from Friends With Dignity, for those not associated with a referral service.
"The FriendSafe program is an initiative established to ensure everyone is able to practice a basic need of feeling safe and access to an immediate response when feeling threatened or at risk," said Ms Whitford.
"This partnership is important as we believe that by collaborating and working with other services and businesses, we can have a bigger impact and utilise resources to assist people or families at risk."
Friends With Dignity is a national 100% self-funded, volunteer-driven charity with full DGR status, providing critical and practical programs to assist survivors of domestic and family violence including men, women and children, in collaboration with refuges and crisis centres across Australia.
For more information on the Friends With Dignity FriendSafe initiative, please visit: https://www.friendswithdignity.org.au/friendsafe/