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Recently the Australian Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward launched a new smart phone app for people who are experiencing domestic and family violence.
The Aurora domestic and family violence app is available now for free download for people experiencing domestic and family violence or for those worried about their relationship. It is also a valuable resource for those worried that a friend or family member is experiencing domestic and family violence.
The app was developed by Women NSW and contains useful and potentially life-saving information including emergency contacts, information on the sorts of behaviour considered to be domestic and family violence, as well as vital information and links to support services available in NSW.
Importantly, the app also allows the user to message their trusted friends and family members or call emergency services immediately – with the touch of a button.
The Aurora app has been built with numerous safety features that allow women to use it discreetly and seek assistance without risk of “tipping off” a perpetrator and endangering themselves. It was developed in consultation with NSW Police and experts from the domestic violence sector, including the Women’s Refuge Movement.