Children, Young People and Tech (practitioner only)

A webinar for practitioners supporting victim-survivors of intimate partner violence experiencing online or other forms of technology abuse. The WESNET webinars are designed specifically for practitioners in the field to increase their practice-based knowledge and learn skills to effectively disrupt, prevent and respond to technology facilitated abuse.

About the workshop

This training goes beyond the basics and is based on the findings of the WESNET’s Second National Survey of Technology Abuse and Domestic Violence in Australia and other recent research on technology abuse and children. It explores the ways in which abusers use young people’s technology as a part of domestic and family violence and practical ways frontline workers and advocates can support their clients to respond to this risk. Particular attention will be given to court-ordered contact, tech gifts and social media.

This webinar will provide participants with:

An explanation of what technology – facilitated abuse is and its prevalence in the Australian context and within the context of domestic and family violence.

Recent statistics in relation to tech abuse and children and young people in Australia.

An understanding of the impact of domestic and family violence on children and young people.

An understanding of the ways commonly used technology can be misused as tools to perpetrate abuse.

An understanding of the different ways in which children and young people experience tech abuse.

An explanation of the different ways abusers may try to involve children in tech abuse they are perpetrating against someone else within the context of domestic and family violence.

A discussion on how practitioners can assist their clients and their children to stay as safe as possible online and on their technology by going through steps that can be taken in order to mitigate the risk of tech abuse occurring.

Inform participants of what behaviours and actions can help prevent the likelihood of tech abuse occurring.

Empower practitioners to support clients better by strengthening their safety planning knowledge around technology.

Alert participants to additional tech support on offer, such as downloadable resources on the website and the option of phone referrals where complex technology-facilitated abuse is occurring.

Who should attend?

Practitioners who work in the domestic, family and sexual violence sectors


$11 (incl. GST) which includes access to the entire Technology Facilitated Abuse Series.

Ticket price includes registration for all 6 Technology Facilitated Abuse Series webinars. You will receive an email containing an individual link for each webinar in the days before the event. If you do not wish to attend a specific webinar, please disregard the email.


Register for the workshop via Eventbrite

About the facilitators

Presented by Jo Colautti, Wesnet Technology Safety Specialist

Joanna Colautti is a Technology Safety Specialist for WESNET where she provides training and technical advice on technology safety issues to front-line service providers. Prior to joining WESNET Joanna worked as a domestic violence solicitor at Djirra (previously known as the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Service Victoria), civil law/family law solicitor at Legal Aid NSW, domestic violence solicitor at Women’s Legal Service QLD and Early Intervention Family Law Solicitor/ Domestic Violence Solicitor at the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre. Joanna has extensive experience working directly with clients who have experienced domestic and/ or family violence and assisting them with the legal issues that arise as a result of experiencing this abuse. Joanna provided face to face legal advice, casework assistance and court advocacy in the legal areas of family law, child protection, domestic violence orders, debt and victims compensation.

Presented by Sarah Biordi, Wesnet Technology Safety Specialist

Sarah Biordi joined the WESNET team with a background in statistics and clinical research with extensive face-to face and front-of camera training experience. Sarah’s zeal regarding all matters tech, and a desire to see it used for the better good, fits well with her role as a Technology Safety Specialist. Sarah feels honoured to be in a position to support women and children suffering family and domestic violence through WESNET’s Safety Net Australia Project.

Sarah led the ACCAN-funded WESNET App Safety Centre project which impartially reviewed and assessed some popular safety, security and privacy apps.



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