You may bump into her on the street. She may be a member of your family. She may be you best friend. She may even be a he. One in four women experience domestic violence in her lifetime. It sounds like a statistic from the Dark Ages, but it reigns true today. That's why Domestic Violence Awareness month was established to take place every October. In honor of this crucial event, we've rounded up some of our favorite apps combatting the crime. From promoting personal safety to helping people detect early warning signs of potential abuse to accessing resources, there is no shortage of digital tools for victims of domestic violence.
The One Love Lite app provides a series of questions for individuals to answer about their current relationship. After the questions have been answered, the app gives the user a score, based on research that's identified the primary risk factors that are most common when relationships become abusive. Due to the sensitive nature of this information, the app disables itself after one use, but it can be downloaded repeatedly.
Created by Liz Claiborne, Inc. as a tool for helping parents educate their kids about dating violence, Love is not Abuse has a digital dating abuse simulator that sends questionable text messages, e-mails, and phone calls from a "girlfriend" or "boyfriend" that personify the kind of communications abused teens receive. Videos about privacy invasion and resources for teens who need help can be accessed through the app.
There's a lot to be said about proximity in terms of being able to save a life. The technology company 3M Monitoring leverages GPS, RF, and cellular communication for its Domestic Violence Proximity Notification System, which tracks aggressors and sends early alerts to victims and law enforcers. This is done through security layers that are created around the victims.
As far as protective technology goes, the aforementioned apps are just the beginning. To learn more about domestic violence awareness, check out the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.