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Safety app for women to be launched tomorrow

The app is from SAFE Ireland for android phones and contains information on services available to keep women and children safe from abuse.

A NEW SAFETY app aimed at keeping women safe from domestic abuse is to be launched tomorrow.

The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD will launch the new app, which has been developed to help keep Irish women safe from domestic abuse and control.

The app is from SAFE Ireland and is for android phones, and will be launched Dáil Eireann, just before a fundraising coffee morning for SAFE Ireland, organised by Senator Susan O’Keeffe.

Jacinta Carey of Teach Tearmainn refuge told TheJournal.ie that the app is the follow-on from the existing iPhone app and that they were developed for SAFE Ireland for free by Glandore Systems.

“It’s to increase the access to the information that it is there at your fingertips,” explained Carey.

All the domestic violence services that are members of SAFE Ireland, all their information is available on the app. It’s also very important in terms of friends or family that might be concerned – the info is there for them as well. It’s safe and easy to use.

She said the iPhone app was “very well received” which led on to the development of the Android app.

SAFE Ireland is the national network of 40 frontline domestic violence services and this app will make it one of the few domestic violence services in the world with such a safety app.

The app provides instant information on all SAFE Ireland services available for women who may be living with abuse. It also provides advice on recognising abuse and tips for friends and family on what to do if they think somebody they know is in an unhealthy or unsafe relationship.

In 2011, over 8,000 women and over 3,000 children were supported by SAFE Ireland services. Over 4,000 people – half of them children – had to seek refuge accommodation to escape violence in their homes.

Read: Domestic violence victims turned away 2,537 times in 2011 from overcrowded refuges>

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