Technology to Help Keep You Safe
There’s an app for everything, right? An increasing number of apps for smartphones and tablets are attempting to address the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Some apps are screening tools for survivors and professionals to recognize abuse and find resources. Other apps are tools to contact help during an emergency. With so many apps, knowing which ones to use can be difficult. Here are some of our favorites.
Circle of 6
Circle of 6 is the winner of the White House Apps Against Abuse Technology Challenge. Originally designed for college students to prevent sexual violence, it is also helpful for teenagers, parents, friends or communities seeking to foster healthy relationships and safety. Circle of 6 makes it quick and easy to reach six people chosen by the user. If the user needs help getting home or an interruption, two taps lets the user’s circle know where the user is and how he or she can help. It’s a mobile way to look out for each other on campus or when out for the night and prevent violence before it happens. It is free and available for Apple and Android.
td411 was built specifically for college students to provide information on dating abuse and healthy relationships. It includes a dating quiz to help identify if there could be a concern and provides important national hotlines and other resources if the user wants to talk to an advocate. It is free and available for Apple and Android.
Appearing as a news app, Aspire News contains summaries of top world, sports and entertainment news. However, it also includes a help section with resources on domestic violence and allows users to discreetly send a message to friends in an emergency. Trusted contacts who are added within the app can be alerted with or without the user’s location information. The inconspicuous nature of the app can be helpful to some survivors who want to use a personal safety app but are concerned that the abuser may find the app on the phone. The trusted contacts do not have to be individuals who are already in the phone’s contact list, giving the user more flexibility over who they choose as a trusted contact. Within the app, there is a quick escape button that the user can use to quickly change the screen to news if someone was to look over his or her shoulder. Aspire News is available for free through Apple and Android.
For resources and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, contact Student Victim Assistance at 404-413-1965.
Adapted from Tech Safety