More than 400 smart phones have been handed to domestic violence victims in WA, to provide a lifeline for those who need to reach out for support when a partner or family member turns violent.
Telstra and WA Police have joined forces for the initiative, which aims to give victims a way of contacting support services or police if they don't have a phone, or if their last one was destroyed.
Each phone comes with a starter SIM card, pre-paid credit and an in-built duress capability, which enables immediate contact with the Police Operations Centre.
That ensures police officers can be dispatched to a victim’s location on priority.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said its an example of a local initiative, which may very well represent a lifeline for victims trapped in an abusive relationship.
"At the very least, it will allow victims to stay safely connected to police and other support services as they navigate a sometimes horrific chapter in their lives," she said.