White House Announces iPhone Apps to Combat Dating Violence

Posted on November 04, 2011 at 12:34 PM


Over the summer, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working alongside Vice President Joe Biden and The White House of Office and Technology, launched the "Apps Against Abuse" technology challenge, and called on software innovators to harness the power of mobile technology to help prevent dating violence by keeping young women connected to trusted support networks and providing easy access to important resources for help.

Earlier this week, the White House announced the two winners of the Apps Against Abuse challenge. Here are what the creators of the winning entries say about their apps:

Circle of 6 (pictured above)
"This iPhone app makes it quick and easy to reach your circle of supporters and let them know where you are and what you need. It takes two touches to get help. The app uses text messaging to contact your circle, uses GPS to locate you when needed, connects to reputable domestic violence organizations, and asks contacts to take a pledge on Facebook to stop violence before it happens."

On Watch
"On Watch is an iPhone app that lets you transmit critical information by phone, email, text, and social media to your support network. You can check in with friends, call 911 or campus police with two touches of a button, set countdown timers that send messages and GPS information automatically if events or activities don't go according to plan, and connect to sexual assault, dating violence and domestic abuse hotlines."

These applications will be available for free public download beginning in early 2012. For more information, please visit www.hhs.gov/open


To see what Women's Aid has been doing to help young women in Ireland recognise dating violence and get the support they may need, please check out our 2in2u campaign.

See ideas on highlighting dating violence and incorporating 2in2u into your actions during the 16 Days campaign here.




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