There is an amazing Domestic Violence Prevention App (DVPA) available free for smart phones, iphones, and ipads. Since cell phones are carried by almost everyone including children, this could be an excellent alert in the event of an emergency situation.
The emergency situation may not always be related to domestic violence, it may be a child using the app because they feel threatened, a student walking alone at night and feels unsafe, a teen on a date that is getting out of control, or any number of possible intimidating scenarios.
The Domestic Violence Prevention App that has been applauded as the 5 star DVPA is called “Aspire”; it was actually developed and launched in 2013 by Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin. Robin’s App was featured on the show, “The Doctors” where Robin appeared detailing the simplicity and multiple functions the App is capable of serving.
Aspire can be downloaded onto your smart phone through Google Play, as well as at www.whengeorgiasmiled.org, You will find the link to access Aspire in Aspire News.
What Does The Aspire App Do:
- Aspire sends your pre-written text, such as “I NEED HELP” to your trusted circle of family or friends,
- Aspire simultaneously calls 911, if you wish to setup it up to do so.
- Aspire immediately begins an audio recording of everything going on, which offers proof to an authority of the threat.
- Aspire also provides a list of shelters and emergency tools for assistance.
You can view the entire demonstration of the Aspire App on “The Doctors” show by clicking the play button on the picture above, or use the following link: http://on.aol.com/video/introducing-the-aspire-app-to-help-domestic-abuse-victims-517990886
This brilliant concept of a domestic violence prevention app was the brainchild of the Obama administration. Back in July of 2011, Vice President Joe Biden, along with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as well as the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius launched a challenge to the technological community to develop ‘Apps Against Abuse’. http://www.whitehouse.gov/1is2many/apps-against-abuse
In November of 2011, the Vice President and Secretary Sebelius announced the winners of the Challenge: “Circle of 6” and “On Watch.” Vice President Biden congratulated the winning applications during a conference call with hundreds of college and university officials to discuss ongoing efforts to help better prevent and respond to sexual assault and violence on campuses across the country. He encouraged the college and university leaders to make students on their campuses aware of the applications, which are available for download, and hopefully updated since 2011.
Circle of 6
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 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.
October is the official month for Domestic Violence Prevention. Although the month is coming to a close, the message and information is far too important to dismiss. Please share this potentially life-saving App with women, children, students and anyone who could be at risk.