Vodafone has launched the UK’s first app for dedicated domestic abuse support.
The new “Bright Sky” app is free and aims to help people affected by domestic abuse who are too scared to tell anyone.
It’s been designed to log incidents of domestic abuse without any content being saved on the device itself, the app enables users to record incidents in a secure journal tool, using a text, audio, video or photo function.
It also provides support and information to people affected, as well as acting as a resource and source of advice for people wanting to help others.
Users of the app will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire when signing up, which helps them assess the safety of a relationship.
There is also information about different forms of abuse, the types of support available, steps to consider if leaving an abusive relationship and how to help a friend affected by domestic abuse.
The network’s UK charity, the Vodafone Foundation, teamed up with anti-domestic abuse organisation Hestia to develop the mobile app.
According to Hestia, 1 in 3 people in the UK would not know how to help a friend or family member who was a victim of domestic abuse.
“The findings highlight the need for Bright Sky, the first smartphone app to provide a UK-wide directory of specialist domestic abuse support services,” said Vodafone. “Bright Sky enables users to locate their nearest support centre by searching their area, postcode or current location.”
Domestic abuse is so rife that around one in four women will experience it in one form or another during their lifetime.
Last year alone an estimated 1.2 million women suffered domestic abuse, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Yet despite these horrifying figures, most of us have no idea what is going on in even our closest friends’ lives.
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Minister for Crime, Safeguarding, Vulnerability and Women, Victoria Atkins, said:
“The Government’s consultation on domestic abuse, which closes at the end of May, is designed to transform society’s response to how we tackle these devastating crimes.
“However […] we must combine new laws and intervention projects with better practical support for victims.
“The new Bright Sky app is precisely the type of initiative which can help victims, families and their friends reach the help and support they need.”