Phone app to help victims of domestic violence


The New South Wales Government is looking to the latest in smart phone technology to help victims of domestic abuse.

Working in conjunction with police and domestic violence experts, the Government has developed a world-first app that it says will save lives.

Called Aurora, the free app allows victims of domestic violence to quickly send an emergency message to a trusted friend or police for help.

NSW Minister for Women Pru Goward says the app is fast and discreet, and sends a message containing the user’s exact GPS location.

“That can all be done with four presses of their smart phone,” she said.

Domestic violence survivor Kay Schubach says the app could have helped her.

“My abuser almost killed me in my own home and I scrambled for the landline and he pulled it out,” she said.

“When you leave its under duress and one thing I always had with me was my phone.”

New South Wales police say the new app will give domestic violence victims valuable information, and fast options in an emergency.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch says it is a potentially lifesaving use of technology.

“Given the prevalence of domestic violence within our community particularly in NSW this is an initiative that we strongly support,” he said.

“The application provides people who experience domestic violence both information and options.”


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