Understanding Stalkerware (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 webinar provides frontline SADFV workers with an overview of stalkerware and how it is currently deployed in DFV on both computers and mobile devices.

Participants will see first-hand what information an abuser may be privy to if stalkerware has been deployed on a victim’s device. They will learn how to potentially distinguish between the likelihood of stalkerware on a device, or whether other forms of monitoring and surveillance technology are being used instead. Common forms of stalkerware, including the possibilities and limitations of each, will be discussed and some practical steps to assist in securing devices and accounts against attacks will be provided. We will also provide advice in relation to assisting victim-survivors with risk and safety planning around stalkerware.

This webinar will:

Help participants understand the privacy, safety and security issues concerning stalkerware through a domestic violence lens.

Define the difference between commercially available stalkerware and high-end stalkerware, and outline the devices that can be infected, the installation steps required to deploy the malware, what stalkerware software looks like on a device, and the different types of attacks.

Cover the misuse of parental monitoring apps repurposed as stalkerware tools.

Describe the behaviours and actions that can help prevent a device being compromised by stalkerware.

Build participant confidence in determining the likelihood of a device being infected with stalkerware through inspecting the device and discussions with the client.

Discuss the places where evidence may exist of stalkerware being purchased or loaded onto a device.

Cover strategies around the removal of stalkerware from a device and the associated safety considerations of each.

Strengthen participants’ safety planning knowledge around smartphones and software.

Reference tech support resources on techsafety.org.au 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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