Technology and Domestic Violence: Personal Duress Alarms Offer Safety and Confidence to Victims

In a recent trial designed to determine the effects of personal duress alarm systems and other security technology, researchers found that the use of PDAs and other security technology increased the confidence and safety of women who had been subjected to domestic violence. Women felt safer in the community, changed how they engaged with their children and made them feel less anxious.

The test investigated 280 participants across Australia. Most of the test subjects had children. The homes of participants were fitted with personal security devices and the participants themselves were interviewed at several times throughout the study. Research has shown that personal duress alarms and other safety features, when installed in the home, will improve the response times of police and provide increased accountability to perpetrators of domestic violence.

At the beginning of the study, the majority of participants felt unsafe or very unsafe when out in the community.  Six months into the survey, however, 84% of participants who were issued with a personal duress alarm felt a sense of safety and peace of mind. For women with dependents, 80% reported that it had increased their child’s safety over the last six months. The majority of survey participants were still living in the same home six months after the trial had started.

Domestic violence victims are able to simply press a button and call for help when they are equipped with a duress device including a safety alarm. Emergency services can be notified and the situation remedied faster than otherwise possible. Personal alarms increase the sense of personal safety and allow victims of domestic violence to provide better care for their children.

Despite seeing primarily positive implications, the study also suggested that technology may also be used to further enable domestic abuse. Technology facilitated abused, like stalking via mobile phone devices and GPS tracking, may occur. The study was also determined to uncover the extent to which technology-enabled abuse is possible, but found that there were very few instances of electronic devices being used for this purpose.

More resources need to be allocated to support services staff who assist victims of family violence reintegrate into the community. With the use of PDAs, domestic violence victims feel safer in their home and can enter the community with confidence, not fearing for their safety or the safety of their children.

Training for people who engage with victims of domestic violence, such as real estate agents and landlords, is a must too. Indeed, a separate study found that 60% of support workers handling victims of domestic violence felt significantly more confident and capable after additional training sessions.

TWIG Wired & Wireless Australia supplies personal duress alarms all across Australia. Our products come equipped with a range of features to help enhance workers safety and the safety of victims of domestic violence. No matter where our users are, so long as they have access to a mobile network they can signal for help when in distress. Even if a device is destroyed, an alarm can still be transmitted and security staff can still determine its last known location.

If you’re working in this field to help prevent domestic violence, feel free to contact TWIG Australia to enquire about our range of personal duress alarms and other safety technology. Open Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm EST zone. Call us today on (02) 9412 2100 to find out more about the TWIG range of personal duress alarms. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you have when you call.