Domestic violence safety technology wins major award

Melbourne, 20 October – A GPS-enabled personal alarm system designed to combat the scourge of domestic violence has won the 2015 VACC Regional Safety Award. 

Bsafe is designed for women who are experiencing or are in fear of family violence. The system allows women and children to remain living at home, knowing that help from a response centre is only a button-push away. 

Bsafe’s Rachel Mackay, from Women’s Health Goulburn North East in Wangaratta, says that Bsafe provides a discreet, effective response that improves safety and autonomy for family violence victims. 

“Bsafe increases perpetrator detection and accountability, and improves the prospects of conviction in cases of Intervention Order breaches. It reduces the incidence of family violence by providing an additional level of support and service to victims so that they can safely remain in their own homes and communities,” Ms Mackay said. 

“I thank the team at Women’s Health Goulburn North East who developed the Bsafe program. I also thank VACC for this award and the recognition from them that protecting the vulnerable in our community should be paramount.” 

The annual VACC Regional Safety Award acknowledges community members who, through their care, efforts and innovation have made improvements to safety in Victoria. 

The VACC Regional Safety Award is part of the automotive employer association’s commitment to the Victorian Regional Achievement & Community Awards, which recognise individuals, groups, businesses and organisations who contribute to building stronger local communities, something VACC has done for almost 100 years. 

“VACC was founded in the Bendigo Chamber of Commerce Rooms in 1918 and over half of the association’s members are based in regional areas. VACC is extremely pleased to be supporting and promoting regional Victoria and the amazing things that people in these areas do,” VACC Executive Director, Geoff Gwilym, said. 

“VACC congratulates Bsafe for this important and timely innovation that will help protect some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Domestic violence is a national disgrace and any steps that bring us closer to eradicating it are most welcome,” Mr Gwilym said. 

The winner of the VACC Regional Safety Award was announced on 16 October at a gala awards dinner held at Etihad Stadium.

VACC is Victoria's peak automotive industry body representing more than 5,000 small business members.

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VACC Executive Director, Geoff Gwilym, congratulated the Bsafe program on its work to protect vulnerable women and children