Website accessibility is critical to ensuring that agencies and collaborations provide accessible and safe services for victims and survivors. Yet many websites don’t meet the most basic accessibility requirements. The accessibility of agency’s website depends on both the: (1) coding and applications used to create and display web pages, and,
(2) the web browsers or devices that people use to view, navigate, and interact with the website. This tip sheet highlights: why web accessibility is important; how Office of Violence Against Women (US DOJ-OVW) grantees can take steps to test and improve their website accessibility; and, some benefits, risks and things to consider about safety, confidentiality, and informed consent when agencies or survivors use internet accessibility tools.
This piece was created by the NNEDV Safety Net Project to assist U.S. DOJ Office of Violence Against Women (DOJ-OVW) grantees, agencies and partnerships with identifying and addressing victim safety concerns that can arise from using technology. This technology safety tip sheet is meant to help with issue spotting. It is understood that a more in-depth look of the grantee’s technology plans and implementation may be necessary to fully ensure a grantee is most effectively addressing victim safety concerns.
Download: Web Accessibility (2 page PDF)