Domestic violence is something that touches nearly all of our lives, whether we are a victim ourselves or know someone who is. And while specific numbers are hard to gather, because so much violence goes unreported, it’s commonly estimated that one in four women are victims at some point in their lives, one in nine men, and over three million children.
That’s why Verizon’s new HopeLine app couldn’t come soon enough. The app provides a way for users to quickly connect to the National Domestic Violence Hotline to get help for themselves or someone they know, simply by dialing #HOPE. Additionally, the app serves as on online community for victims to share their stories of how they survived, and for volunteers to connect with other volunteers and with victims to share their experiences and expertise.
The app even uses location-based data to direct users to the closest Verizon Wireless store, so users can donate old cell phones which can then be used by people living in potentially violent situations. You can also use the app to donate money to HopeLine.
Verizon customers can download the free Android app in the Verizon Media Store using the link below.[Verizon via Engadget]