The National Domestic Violence Hotline’s Abuse in America page gives you a snapshot on the high percentage of domestic violence incidents in the US. Now, Verizon has launched a free HopeLine app for Android that enables people to connect to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (a 24 hour support service) and access vital information that may help to keep the social evil at bay.
The Android app is a part of Verizon’s HopeLine program that collects and recycles old cellphones (along with 3,000 minutes of service) to victims of domestic abuse so that they stay in touch with support services when needed.
Verizon’s Android app could help foster a community to nurture victims with inspirational stories of survival. The community could also benefit from volunteers looking to discuss their own outreach efforts. The app could also become the window to share photos and videos, all leading to engagement and awareness.
Elva Lima, executive director of community relations and multicultural communications at Verizon Wireless says:
“Wireless phones and technology can serve as a vital lifeline for those who need support, and we are putting the power of our network and devices in the hands of those who need it.”
The HopeLine app can be downloaded for Android smartphones and tablets from the Verizon Wireless online Media Store and Google Play. The app is free, but a Verizon Wireless data plan is required and usage may count toward a customer’s data allowance.
What do you feel about domestic violence? Can an Android app help to combat it?