What if a Mobile App Could Prevent Domestic Violence

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9 Seconds  According to a recent study by the  National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a woman in America is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds. Domestic violence and sexual assault are growing epidemics in society. Victims suffer in silence while playing Russian Rolette with their lives daily.  Many people think abuse happens to “those kind of people”, or people who “asked” for it. Some have justified not getting involved because they don’t know anyone who would hurt someone they love. 1 in 4 women will be victims of domestic violence or suffer a sexual assault at the hands of someone they know. What if there was an app that worked like 911 that could be used to rescue victims quickly and safely? The app would have to do more than alert the police when an attack occurs because many victims stay with their abusers because they don’t have the means to leave.

When It’s Time to FLEE The FLEE App could be activated by a voice command, or by touching the app on the screen of a smartphone or pressing a button on a bracelet or necklace. Upon downloading the app or activating the jewelry users can decide to set up keywords that will secretly and immediately activate the FLEE app if the user is in trouble and in need of assistance.

Using FLEE FLEE would send a signal to 911, and begin an audio recording of the surroundings. If the victim is able to make it to a safe location before the police arrive Lyft, or Uber will be dispatched to their location which will take them to the nearest medical facility. A FLEE counselor will deliver a package to the hospital for the victim. Included in the package will be the location and keys to a safe house. Once the victim arrives at the safe house they will find non-perishable food staples, a gift card for groceries, unisex clothes, and a help kit which will guide them step by step in the process. The next day the client will meet with a FLEE counselor to access their immediate needs and to devise a plan so that they can FLEE their situation successfully.

FLEE Awareness The app will be available  from medical providers, emergency rooms, OB-GYNs, iTunes, Google play and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. FLEE will also have an active presence on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. The FLEE website will post a blog that will regularly give tips and pointers on what to do if you are in a dangerous situation and what steps you can take to when it's time to FLEE.