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  • 6 Meditation Apps to Try Anywhere

    While first-time meditators may find taking a class helpful as an introduction, not everyone has the time or that. Even 5-10 minutes a day of meditating can make a tangible difference in your mental state, say experts. That’s where the beauty of apps come in. You can meditate no matter where you are—your home, office, car (not while driving!), while sitting in a waiting room, even in the shower while you wait for your conditioner to soak in. read more

  • Apps Help Survivors' Messages Stay Secret

    A bevy of new instant messaging apps that promise top-notch encryption may be a better option than the standard text. Many of them sound like something out of Mission Impossible, offering the capability to send encrypted messages no one else can open and that will be destroyed moments after your recipient reads them. However, there are also several warnings to be aware of before putting one’s entire trust in such apps. read more

  • Smartphone Apps that Help You Document Abuse

    It’s unfortunate but true: Domestic violence happens over and over and often, and it can take numerous incidents before justice can be served. Documenting each incident may help build your case—criminal or civil—against an abuser. But it’s not always practical to carry with you a notebook and pen. Check out these convenient smartphone apps instead. read more

  • Apps Designed to Keep You Safe

    Our smart phones can do amazing things for us—set our crock-pots, lull us to sleep, spy on our dog when we’re not at home. It seems every month debuts a new app that can help us improve our lives in some way and, luckily, a myriad of new apps are being developed to help us stay safe. Many of these can be valuable to survivors of domestic violence and stalking, though they’re applicable to anyone who wants to be proactive about his or her safety. read more

  • More Domestic Violence Apps to Check Out

    There’s no substitute for a professional advocate, an order of protection and an escape plan (when it’s safe to do so), but there are also apps which exist that can help survivors along the way. Be it a quicker way to contact police in an emergency, a safer way of keeping a record of violence or just a portable hub of information at your fingertips, the following three apps all have something that survivors may find useful. read more

  • Apps That Could Help Save Your Life

    Important: With the exception of Aspire, most domestic violence-related apps are easily identified as such on one’s phone, posing a risk for survivors who are under scrutiny by an abuser. Please download only if you feel it’s safe to do so. While does not have an app for this reason, it is mobile-enabled meaning you can access the website through a browser on your smartphone. Simply remember to clear your browser history and close out of your web browser each time after... read more

  • What Hotlines Are Hearing from Survivors During COVID-19

    In other cities, it’s best to call your local domestic violence shelter and inquire about options in your area. In New York, for example, a virtual Courtroom Advocates Project allows survivors to use apps like Zoom or Skype to file for an OOP. Tucson, Ariz. is also offering a similar online service.  read more

  • How to Stash Cash

    “Don’t keep the physical bank card with you, if possible. Or, don’t use a card at all. Instead, provide your social security number to the teller to deposit whatever cash you have,” he says. “Don’t download any apps for the bank account. If you must check your account online, do it on private browsing, so they won’t know should they check. Lastly, ask that your bank to place a note on your account that says you are a DV survivor and if, on the off chance your partner comes in looking for... read more

  • Recording Phone Calls Can Help Prove Abuse

    And if you live with or share a phone account with your abuser, take extra care. “Diligent abusers may check data usage on cell phones or use account controls to prevent or discover certain apps,” Hoelscher says. Read “Collecting Evidence of Abuse Without Danger,” for more information on staying safe while being a pseudo-detective.  read more

  • How to Get a Protection Order Served on an Abuser

    “Just get a restraining order.” Most advice to survivors of domestic violence for getting an order of protection ends there. But simply requesting the order and having it granted is only half the battle. You need to have the order served for it to be valid. And that doesn’t happen automatically.  Here’s what you need to do to complete the process of getting a protection order. Step 1: Do your homework. Thanks to TV, many people wrongfully assume the police can track down an abuser at... read more

  • Ask Amanda: The Courts Aren't Keeping My Friend Safe

    Your friend may want to consider a no-contact order of protection, which forbids any in-person communication as well as messages through phone, email, text, but could stipulate that child-related communication be restricted to an app specifically for parents sharing custody, like Our Family Wizard or Talking Parents. Communication through these apps is protected—no one can delete or alter messages after they’re sent, and there are time stamps to show when someone reviews it.  read more

  • Getting Through to Teens with Video Games

    Video games get a bad rap for creating violence, but what if they could actually help prevent it? Drew Crecente says they can. Crecente founded Jennifer Ann’s Group in 2006 after his daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend during her senior year in high school. His goal at first was to educate other parents about teen dating violence.  “Eighty-one percent of parents don’t realize teen dating violence is as prevalent or as dangerous as it is,” Crecente says. “After Jennifer, my only... read more

  • Collecting Evidence of Abuse Without Danger

    In the fictional world of movies and TV, you’ll see detectives interviewing witnesses after a crime while a forensics team in matching white lab coats dusts the scene for fingerprints, gathers up suspicious items in plastic bags and carefully photographs broken windows. In real life, things are a bit different. For survivors of domestic violence, often they have to become their own detectives, gathering up as much evidence as possible in order to prove the abuse ever happened. In fact,... read more

  • 13 Ways to Endure Emotional Pain

    Feelings and emotions are transient—even the darkest and most painful days don’t last forever. But when you’re in the throes of grief and trauma, it can be hard to imagine that there are better days in your future. Sheryl Sandberg knows firsthand what it feels like to face grief. The Facebook Chief Operating Officer and her husband, Dave Goldberg, were vacationing and celebrating the 50th birthday of a friend in 2015 when Goldberg died unexpectedly. Sandberg journaled through... read more

  • When Your Abuser Is Also Your Boss

    If you work “on the books” for the company—you receive a paycheck like any other employee—and separating from your abuser means he (or she) fires you, then you can apply for unemployment benefits while you go through the divorce proceedings or consider other options, which might include suing for wrongful termination. It is illegal to fire someone as a form of retaliation, but that this can be challenging, though not impossible, to prove. On that note, make sure you document the abuse well... read more

  • Kids and Rumors: When Spreading Lies Becomes Abusive

    When 38-year-old Wisconsin mom Alissa W.'s daughter confided that some kids at school were spreading a rumor about her, Alissa was taken aback. Her daughter was only 10, after all—what could they be saying? “They said she wanted to kill herself, over a boy,” says the mom of two. “She didn’t understand. She didn’t even know what it meant to kill yourself.” The rumor began with a misunderstanding—Alissa's daughter had asked a seemingly innocent question to a group of classmates... read more

  • Survey Says ... Parents Just Don't Understand

    Not only do young people have their own language—as all generations do—they also have their own ways of communicating that mystify parents. Social media apps like Snapchat – or similar services you may have not even heard of yet – can make that divide feel even deeper, and can open young people to new relationship dangers. read more

  • App Review: For Coeds and Cadets

    Below, two apps young women can use to stay safe, whether as a co-ed or a cadet. read more

  • When Abuse Goes from Shouting to Striking

    There’s no medical report. No bruises or black eye or broken bone to signal what’s happening behind closed doors. But that doesn’t mean the abuse is any less damaging. Verbal, emotional and psychological abuse take many forms—put-downs and power plays, bullying and blaming, trivializing and threatening—but its end game is the same: to dominate and control. While dangerous enough on its own, these forms of abuse and others often escalate into physical violence. Statistics vary... read more

  • Ask Amanda: What Is Femicide?

    Q: What is femicide? I keep hearing that term being used when I read about domestic violence—is it some new buzzword? – Amy M. Great question with a disheartening answer, Amy. Femicide is not a new word, unfortunately. For a long time, women have been killed simply because of their gender, which is what femicide means, although some definitions of femicide encompass any murder of women and girls. An article in Elite Daily goes so far as to describe it as “the sexist violence against... read more

  • Talking to Young Kids about Divorce

    For many domestic violence survivors, ending a relationship with an abusive partner means going through a divorce. It can be tough to know how to talk to your children about this difficult subject. If you’re struggling to tackle the topic, maybe you can ask Elmo to help. Or, Grover. The beloved characters of Sesame Street, now in its 47th year on air, are helping you and your children navigate this tough life transition through online divorce toolkits offering honest but age-appropriate... read more

  • Ask Amanda: How Do I Co-Parent with an Abuser?

    3. All communication should be in writing, preferably by email or programs designed for parents that capture all communication. Try an app like Our Family Wizard or Talking Parents. “All communication is done through these apps so it’s as easy as email, but no one can alter it later and there are time stamps to show when someone reviews it,” says Kerns. Phone calls from the other parent while the children are in your custody are another time when the abuser can harass the other parent.... read more

  • How to Hide Your Address

    Your smartphone can also help keep you safe. Check out how in “Apps Designed to Keep You Safe.” Also be aware that your abuser may be able to install tracking apps on your smartphone without your knowledge, so consider reading “How to Spy Spyware on Your Phone.” read more

  • The New Cyberstalking

    Technology can also be used for good. Find out more about apps you can download to help keep you safe, how to browse your computer while protecting your privacy, and more tips on technology in the Protecting Personal Affects section of  read more

  • When Georgia Smiled

    I’m proud to share that the app has had nearly a quarter million downloads around the world including in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and India. I’m proud to share that it was recognized on Capitol Hill by the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse as one of the two apps in 2014 most effective in the fight to end domestic violence. read more

  • How to Spy Spyware on Your Phone

    Cyberstalking is easier than ever, and abusers are increasingly using spyware apps on cell phones to track their partner’s whereabouts. Here are some signs that there is spyware installed on your phone: read more

  • Dr. Phil Talks Domestic Violence

    Dr. Phil dedicates an episode of his show to different aspects of domestic violence, ranging from a mother struggling to talk about relationships with her daughter, the importance of relationship due diligence and safety planning, and a new app that sends alerts in an emergency. Below are the descriptions of the three segments of the show, as well as the timestamps for each so that you can browse to any segment more easily. Here is the link to the March 15, 2013 Dr. Phil show. Mother... read more