We have an iOS app to help victims of domestic violence get out. We need help with the Android one!
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TL;DR: We have an iOS app to help victims of domestic violence safely leave their abuser. We need help making an android version for users without iPhones.
In order to protect the victims of domestic violence, they're encouraged to put together a safety plan. For example, this plan is made available by the National Center for Domestic and Sexual Violence: http://www.ncdsv.org/images/DV_Safety_Plan.pdf
It's a great plan that includes important questions that need to be addressed. They help the victim plan ahead and know what they're going to do once they leave.
But look at those questions. Look at the information that's in that document: where they plan to go. What safety code words they'll use. Who could shelter them as they get to their final destination. Could you imagine what would happen if the abuser ever found that document? No matter how well it's hidden, even if it's out of the home, there's a chance that it could be found. What's more, the victim may not be free to retrieve it if their plans are suddenly changed.
We made an app for that. The problem is, we only have an iOS version... and when we give someone a burner phone or they buy one that their abuser can't access, it tends to be Android. We need help to make a version for them.
For victims of domestic violence, their phones can become their lifelines. It's how they contact safe loved ones. It's how they store information. It's how they communicate. If at all possible, they will have their phone with them. That's the perfect place to keep that important information, if we can do so securely and discreetly. It has to be able to store information and be easy to recall based on the specific task being referenced (as in the linked sheet).
As a side note, we worked out the obvious security problems related to keeping their phone. The data is being stored via FireBase, and the iOS developer is available to help with the backend piece. As it stands, the user can swap out sim cards and factory reset the phone, but still have access to their information. Or if they can get another phone altogether and download the same app. Or they can access the data from a safe computer.
About Operation: Safe Escape
By conservative estimates, 66% of domestic violence homicides occur after the victim has decided to leave their abuser. This is a dangerous time, and fortunately many resources exist to keep them safe.
What's missing, unfortunately, is the security layer. That is, how to properly apply Operations Security (OPSEC) to hide the victim's intent to leave. That would keep a lot of people safe and help reduce that number.
Operation: Safe Escape teaches shelters and victims how to identify the behaviors and actions that would tip off the abuser to the fact that they're trying to leave and help reduce the risk until they're safely away.
The Operations Security Professional's Association (OSPA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides security awareness and training to a diverse audience that includes schools, government / military, domestic violence centers, private sector entities and more.
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