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Safety Net Canada: Technology, Privacy, Safety and Violence Against Women, Youth and Children

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The British Columbia Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH)



Project Leader(s)

Rhiannon Wong, Children and Youth Services Coordinator
Cynthia Fraser, Safety Net Canada's Founder


The BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH), in partnership with the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), conducted research and developed a variety of resources for this project. The reports and resources focus on technology and how it impacts the safety and privacy of women and children fleeing or living with the effects of domestic violence and survivors of sexualized violence, stalking and harassment. The team at CIPPIC and BCSTH surveyed anti-violence workers across Canada and interviewed key stakeholders who work in the field of technology, privacy and violence against women and girls.

Three reports were developed:

  • “Assessing Technology in the Context of Violence against Women & Children – Examining Benefits & Risks”
  • “Canadian Legal Remedies for Technology-Enabled Violence against Women”
  • “Organizational Technology Practices for Anti-Violence Programs. Protecting the Safety, Privacy & Confidentiality of Women, Youth & Children”

Educational resources were also developed:

  • “Love is Patience” Technology Safety Tip Postcard - available in French and English
  • Infographic: “Technology Misuse and Violence Against Women: Survey” – available in French and English
  • A Webpage containing useful material (see URL below)
  • A Twitter account addressing how technology impacts safety, privacy, the rights of survivors of violence (
  • Video resources on YouTube (
  • “Privacy, Security and Confidentiality: Database Considerations for Violence Against Women Programs”
Finally, the team facilitated eight technology safety training sessions for law enforcement and anti-violence workers in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Participants explored the benefits and misuses of technology, and the impact technology-enabled abuse has on privacy, safety and confidentiality.

This document is available in the following language(s):

English; some resources available in English and French

OPC Funded Project

This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.

Contact Information

Suite 325, 119 W. Pender St.
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 1S5

Tel: 604-669-6943 or 1-800-661-1040  
Fax: 604-682-6962

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