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An App To Help Victims Of Domestic Violence – Aurora

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.

AuroraThe 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.

Aurora is available now and free to download from the iPhone App Store and the Android Google Play Store.

via Women NSW – Domestic and Family Violence App.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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