Helping people identify, deal with and leave abusive relationships
Because finding help in a physically or emotionally abusive situation can feel impossible and potentially cause more harm, we need to develop discreet and simple ways to reach out and get help. Mobile phones and internet access make finding resources easier than ever before, but millions of Americans still suffer at the hands of their partners. Promoting apps and tools that make reporting violence, get counseling, etc., are important now more than ever.
My Plan, where users can answer questions to assess the risks and dangers of their current relationship, and create a plan based on their unique characteristics and situation. The app is free to download on Apple and Android phones, can also be used by concerned friends and family members, and provides 24/7 access to trained support staff through a live chat feature. Women are advised to uninstall the app after use so their search for help can remain undetected by their partners, and are also pointed to a number of resources to help them, as well as being reminded to call 911 if they are in immediate danger. My Plan has been downloaded 15,000 times so far, and a study that sampled 725 US-based users over 12 months showed that high-risk women were able to safely leave their abuser, reducing their exposure to sexual and psychological intimate partner violence.