The first ever smartphone app designed to help victims of domestic violence has been launched in the UK.
Those who are abused by their families or partners will be able to use text, photos and video to document each violent incident on their phones using this Bright Sky app. It can also connect them with a local domestic violence specialist who can advise them on what steps they can take.
Developers hope that the information recorded by the app can be shared with the appropriate authorities. Bright Sky also includes options for people who suspect that someone they know is being abused and a button which will automatically dial 999. Additionally, there is a questionnaire designed to assess how healthy a relationship is and if the person is at risk of becoming a victim.
Patrick Ryan is the CEO of Hestia, the London-based domestic violence charity responsible for the new app. He called Bright Sky “a lifeline to hundreds of women and men across the UK” which would provide “much needed assistance to those who have experienced the trauma of an abusive relationship”.
The app, which is available on both Android and iOS, was launched shortly after Hestia’s UK Says No More campaign which encourages witnesses of domestic violence to come forward. The charity hopes to “make it the responsibility of every UK resident to stand up, take note and take an active step to end domestic violence and sexual assault”.
Back in 2014, a survey by the charity Refuge found that as many as one in three women had experienced domestic abuse.
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