App Aims to Raise Awareness for Dating Violence
Updated: Friday, February 21 2014, 07:21 PM EST
A new app aims to prevent dating violence, by helping to determine whether a person is in a potentially dangerous relationship. It's based on research conducted by a team at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.
Two years ago this month a jury convicted former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely in the murder of Cockeysville native and fellow UVA student, Yeardley Love. Following Yeardley's death her family made it their mission to search out ways to keep others from becoming victimized.
The app, called 'One Love My Plan,' ranks relationships and their danger levels, after a user answers a series of yes or no questions. It then creates a personalized safety plan. It's anonymous and easy to access.
The hope among advocates and researchers is that this app will be used on college campuses by women who may not even know if they're in a dangerous relationship.
"The very fact that this is in your hand all the time allows you to have a conversation with people and talking about it is very important," Sandi Timmins, from The House of Ruth said. "We have to break that silence."