It’s been appropriately described as a pandemic, and even as we move toward , the problem of violence against women remains. Fortunately, technology has provided useful tools for women to protect themselves and take their safety into their own hands. If you’re concerned with your personal security, take a look at the five apps below and the ways they may be able to help.
In an emergency, time is often your most valuable resource. Guardly is based on that fact, and the key to its operation is the ability to quickly and efficiently contact both loved ones and, if necessary, 911 or other authorities. Using the app, you can preprogram various types of emergencies – everything from assault to robbery to allergic reactions or other medical emergencies – and specify exactly who you would like contacted. The app also provides a profile where you can input your personal details, relevant medical information, important contacts and other information that may be useful in the event of an emergency.
Circle of 6
In 2011, the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services created the , a program aimed at developing new ways for young people, and particularly young women, to protect themselves and seek help when needed. Circle of 6 was one of two winning apps, and for good reason. The app makes it easy for you to input your own “Circle of 6” – six friends, family members or other people you would like to contact when you need support. After that, calling for help is just two quick touches away.
The app instantly sends one of three preset text messages to your six supporters, along with your current address and a map of your precise location. Whether it’s simply requesting a ride home, a phone call to get you away from an uncomfortable situation or an emergency requiring immediate help, assistance is never more than two touches away. The app also provides national abuse hotline numbers and can be programmed with numbers for local authorities.
When you think of dangerous situations, you probably conjure up images of empty streets and dark alleyways. The reality, however, is that even your home may not be as safe as you believe. The , and its associated security systems and optional components, seeks to change that through home automation and security tools. The app can put virtually your entire home at your fingertips, allowing you to lock doors, control lights, remotely view security cameras and much more, all from a computer, smartphone or other mobile device.
Sky also provides automation tools so that you can set your lighting, door locks, HVAC and other home components to a predetermined schedule. Additionally, the system can incorporate smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and other home safety features to keep you as safe as possible.
When it comes to personal security, few apps provide as many features as bSafe. You can send notifications to your friends when you’ve arrived at a destination, allow trusted people to track your movements via GPS and request a fake phone call to excuse yourself from a difficult situation. In an emergency, bSafe becomes even more powerful. It can instantly trigger an audible alarm, send your location to friends and family, broadcast live video from your phone or tablet’s camera and record timestamps, geo-locations and other data that may prove useful to authorities. You can also use bSafe to set up alerts and emergency messages that will be automatically triggered if you fail to check in at predetermined times.
Sometimes all you want is to go home, but can be difficult. The cab4me app all but eliminates this problem by making it quick and simple to find a trusted taxi cab service wherever you go. Using your GPS data or a manually set pickup location, the app searches for taxi services that are willing to pick you up at the specified place and time. The app only lists trusted taxi services, so there’s no need to worry about whether the cab that arrives is safe to use. You can easily contact the taxi company of your choice, and the app also displays information such as car choices and payment options where available.
The world isn’t always a safe place for women. A woman alone on the street is often seen as a particularly vulnerable target for crime, and domestic violence and sexual assault are ever-present concerns. There is no way to completely prevent violence and other dangers, but apps like the ones above can go a long way toward empowering women everywhere to live their lives more safely and confidently.
Connect With SWHELPER
Good Mental Health Equals a Happy Marriage
Happily married couples enjoy better mental health status, according to researchers. They fall sick less often, have fewer instances of...
The Woman Beside Me – Living in the Era of Trump
At the gym, MSNBC plays on my treadmill monitor. Coverage of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton have been...
The History of Stereotyping Homelessness in Australia
The history of homelessness in Australia stems back to our nation’s colonization by our British counterparts which moved Indigenous Australians...
Examining White Privilege: What’s the Fear?
Dickinson student Leda Fisher asks the question “Should White Boys Still be Allowed to Talk?” in her opinion piece in...
News2 months ago
Discussing White Supremacy: Having Difficult Conversations Are Required and Not Optional
Elder Care2 months ago
How New Tech Can Support Caregivers as They Support Seniors
News2 months ago
Social Work and the Reproductive Justice Framework
Justice2 months ago
UB Social Work Researchers Part of a Team Addressing Gun Violence