Western University develops new app to help survivors of intimate partner violence – London

Western University in London, Ont., received funding from Canada’s Public Health Agency to develop a new application.


Software program aimed at assisting survivors of close partners violence and those at risk.

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A statement released by the Public Health Agency of Canada said the app will “facilitate access to local resources related to mental health and well-being, healthy relationships, and finances. and jobs and other issues.”

It continues: “In addition, it will help increase knowledge about what can prevent and address intimate partner violence.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is providing more than $100,000 to Western University to develop the program.

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“Due to the increased rates of gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to develop this made in Canada app to assist women and their children in their quest for safety and improve their health and well-being,” said Dr. Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, project leader at Western University.

“(The App) will provide important information and resources for victims of gender-based violence and their advocates,” said Marci Ien, Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Youth. “Our government will continue to work with experts and advocates to reduce barriers between survivors and community services.”

The application will be downloaded for free on mobile phones. The launch date may not be revealed.

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The Public Health Agency of Canada says one in 10 women in Canada say they are very or extremely worried about the possibility of domestic violence.

Furthermore, 79% of intimate partner violence cases reported by police were directed against women.

Anyone who has experienced sexual or gender-based violence can contact the Anova Crisis Line 24/7 at 519-642-3000, The Abused Women’s Center in London at 519-432-2204 or Abused women’s helpline at 519-642-3000.

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