Western University in London, Ontario has received funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to develop a new app.
The software aims to support survivors of domestic violence and those at risk.
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A statement released by the Public Health Agency of Canada says the app “will make it easier to access local resources related to mental health and well-being, healthy relationships, finances and employment, and to other problems”.
“Furthermore, it will help advance knowledge about what works to prevent and address domestic violence,” he continued.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is providing over $100,000 to Western University for program development.
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“Given the increased rates of gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are very excited to develop this made-in-Canada app to help women and their children find safety and improve their health. and their well-being,” said Dr. Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, project leader at Western University.
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“The (app) will provide essential information and resources to survivors of gender-based violence and those who support them,” said Marci Ien, Minister for Women, 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 free to download on mobile phones. A possible launch date was not disclosed.
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The Public Health Agency of Canada says that one in 10 women in Canada say they are very or extremely concerned about the possibility of violence in the home.
In addition, 79% of police-reported intimate partner violence is directed against women.
Anyone who has experienced sexual or gender-based violence can contact Anova’s 24/7 Crisis Line on 519-642-3000, the London Abused Women’s Center on 519-432-2204 or the Abused Women’s Helpline on 519 -642-3000.
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