If you're a female currently experiencing domestic violence in your relationship and you're considering leaving but you aren't sure where to start, or, if you have left an abusive relationship and are needing support, the following apps may help you.
These apps include information relating to your immediate safety, property settlement, financial support, emergency accommodation and child related matters.
Some also provide information relating to healthy relationships and others are able to link you to support services in your area.
All are endorsed by 1800 Respect, Australia's free 24 hour sexual assault, domestic violence and counselling service hotline.
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Apps can be downloaded directly to your phone or tablet.
Please be aware that some apps are linked to your location so be mindful of your own safety.
DAISY - Created by 1800 Respect and is available to women Australia wide. A one-stop shop for all facets of support.
RE-FOCUS - Contains all relevant support information but also some great self-help content.
SUNNY - Also created by 1800 Respect but co-designed with women with disability to specifically help other women with a disability.
ARC APP - Great for recording all events that make you feel unsafe, threatened or scared. You can upload photographic evidence, videos or voice recordings and use these to create reports which can be emailed to yourself or your supports. This app does require the user to set up an account. Data entered can be secured with Face-ID.
PENDA - An all-round domestic violence support app including standard content with the addition of financial and immigration information.
I hope this information helps you or someone you love.
Don't forget 1800 Respect can be contacted 24 hours a day 7 days a week, either by you or a support person. Their number is 1800 737 732.
Erica is a Women's Health Counsellor in private practice in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. You can read more about her work at www.shecounselling.com.au. She can be contacted at email@example.com, on 0412 707 242 or via socials @shecounselling.