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Tech Safety Apps and Information

Tech Safety states: "There’s an app for everything, right? An increasing number of apps for smartphones and tablets are attempting to address the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. Some apps are screening tools for survivors and professionals to recognize abuse and find resources. Other apps are meant to be a tool to contact help during an emergency."

Alicia Carr: PEVO is a National App for Domestic Violence

The PEVO website states: 
"Alicia V. Carr is the former director of Women Who Code Atlanta and a self-taught mobile developer that create a domestic violence app dedicated to helping victims escape abuse."

"Purple Evolution, Inc. (PEVO) formerly The Purple Pocketbook, was established as an effort to empower women experiencing domestic violence with the essential tools required to develop a safe, secure exit plan. As someone who’s had family and friends fall victim to domestic violence, Alicia wants her app to help the millions suffering from abuse across the country."
For more information about Carr, please read Charlotte Jee's article.

Positive Champions and Using STEM to Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence

UN Women States:

Girls in Moldova hone their STEM skills and take a stand against domestic violence.

"Sixty-five girls aged 16 to 20 from 13 regions of Moldova learned web development, robotics, and 3D printing at the third edition of GirlsGoIT summer camp that took place on 21-30 July in Chisinau, Moldova. The participants have also visited several technology companies, such as DAS Solutions, Moldcell, Matrix and Tekwill. Additionally, DAS Solutions offered internships for two summer camp participants. ... Besides acquiring new technical skills, girls have also learned more about their rights. In a session organized by UN Women, girls participated in a discussion with UN Women staff and Maia Taran, a survivor of violence and a “Positive Champion” - inspiring other women survivors of domestic violence to seek help. The conversation was about human rights and preventing domestic violence and cyber violence."

Read the entire article here.


Brenda Hill, author of Domestic Violence Awareness: Actions for Social Change, has provided a definition of accountability that fully encompasses the actions necessary to be accountable.

We have tweaked the definition a bit to make it more universal.

Hill states, "... Accountability means that [we] take responsibility for violence in all its forms. This requires honest self-examination, and directly, openly owning [our] behaviors. It includes acknowledging the impact [our actions have on others]. True accountability requires accepting the consequences of [our] behavior, and making significant changes in [our] belief systems and behaviors based upon non-violence and respect for all...."

Way to  go, Hill!

Commentary on Achieving Accountability in Domestic Violence Cases

Commentary on Achieving Accountability in Domestic Violence Cases
Sol Ennis-Klyczek

Tinley Park—Accountability is such a big deal when it comes to violence. When being accountable, people are more likely to accept responsibility for their behavior. Without accountability, people are more likely to blame others for their actions. Accountability helps people connect their actions to their thoughts and behaviors. And without accountability, people tend to be in a constant state of responding to what they feel is being done to them. In this state, people blame others for their thoughts and feelings.

Pam Wiseman, Karla Fischer, and Joan Rappaport (2004) stated in their report "Achieving Accountability in Domestic Violence Cases," that " holding perpetrators accountable within the criminal justice system falls not to the victim but to the court. This point cannot be overstated. The court is the only entity with the credibility, legitimacy and capacity for imposing meaningful…

The Toll of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) on the Community

The IPV Prevention Council states:
"We all strive to live in communities that are healthy and safe; where our families, friends, and neighbors can reach their fullest potential.

But the presence of intimate partner violence (IPV), or domestic violence, can alter this trajectory in lasting and impactful ways. IPV is a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion–that adults and adolescents use against an intimate or dating partner. It is characterized by one partner’s attempts to control the other by use of a range of tactics.

The recent National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) reveals that 20 people per minute in the United States are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experiencing this violence at some point in their lifetime (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011). This survey also shows that victimization is impacting all types of…