OVC has compiled this list of mobile applications that provide information and resources about various types of victimization. The inclusion of a mobile app on this web page does not constitute an official endorsement, guarantee, or approval by OVC. Before downloading any app, you may be interested in reviewing information from the App Safety Center, managed by the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
It allows users to remain anonymous while they gather information, make decisions, and take the action that is right for them. The app also provides resources to friends and loved ones who wish to help a survivor. Seek Then Speak is a multichannel platform that is also accessible via web, phone, and text.
This OVC-funded Identity Theft Resource Center mobile app (Grant No. 2014-XV-BX-K003 awarded under the FY 2014 Vision 21: Using Technology To Expand National and International Access to Victim Services solicitation) is meant to help victims and potential victims of identity theft, provide consumers with information on how to protect themselves, and educate the public about identity-theft-related issues.
AVIATOR (A Victim Information App to Ohio Resources) is an OVC-funded app developed by Family Services of Dayton and the University of Dayton Research Institute through the Vision 21: Victim Services Mobile App project (Grant No. 2014-VF-GX-K019 awarded under the FY 2014 Vision 21 Victim Services Mobile Application solicitation). AVIATOR allows users in southwest Ohio to quickly connect with community resources, justice information, law enforcement, medical services, counselors, and other professionals and organizations that can provide support to a victim after a crime.
The Tech Safety App is an OVC-funded mobile app that offers resources for victims of technology-facilitated stalking or abuse (Grant No. 2014-VF-GX-K017 awarded under the FY 2015 Vision 21: Victim Services Mobile Application Invitational Letter solicitation). Created by the National Network to End Domestic Violence, this educational app walks users through how a particular technology could be misused, what they can do about it, and offers users safety tips on how to increase their safety and privacy.
The KnowBullying mobile app, developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has simple conversation starters to begin discussions with children about bullying; strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3–6, 7–13, and teens; and warning signs of bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying. The app includes a section for educators to help prevent bullying in the classroom and support children who are being bullied.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Operation Predator App enables users to receive alerts about wanted predators, to share the information with friends via email and social media tools, and to provide information to Homeland Security Investigations by calling or submitting an online tip. Additionally, the app allows users to view news about arrests and prosecutions of child predators and additional resources about ICE and its global partners in the fight against child exploitation.
The SAMHSA Disaster App helps responders focus on people in need by providing resources for any type of traumatic event, including tip sheets; guides for responders, teachers, parents, and caregivers; and a directory of behavioral health service providers in the impacted area. Key preparedness materials are available and information can be shared with others via text message, email, or transfer to a computer for printing.
The Department of Defense Safe Helpline app gives members of the military community access to resources and tools to help manage the short- and long-term effects of sexual assault. The app helps military community members create plans that are right for them, and provides exercises that aid in reducing stress and tools to help members transition to civilian life. Customized plans and exercises can be stored to supplement ongoing therapy.
Suicide Safe, SAMHSA's suicide prevention app for mobile devices that is also optimized for tablets, helps providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients. Suicide Safe is a free app based on SAMHSA's Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) pocket card.
Sweat & Toil: Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Around the World is a comprehensive resource developed by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), U.S. Department of Labor, documenting child labor and forced labor worldwide. Data and research in this app are taken from ILAB's three flagship reports: Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor, and List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor.
Elder Law Risk Detector
This tool and community partnership model is designed to screen, identify, and refer seniors facing elder abuse, financial exploitation, and other issues to legal services. Upon completion of a report in the app, users have the option to submit their report to legal or elder service programs in six areas of the country, including Alaska, Maine, Montana, New York City, Western New York, and Northern California. The app was developed by Pro Bono Net and Georgetown Law.
The Love is Not Abuse iPhone app is an educational resource for parents to learn about teen dating violence and abuse. The user receives text messages, emails, and phone calls for a 24-hour period that mimic what controlling and abusive behavior may look like. Most importantly, the app includes various tips and information on dating abuse and what to do if a user thinks their child is being abused by someone. Available videos teach users about abuse tactics that violate privacy and misuse technology.
The MY3 app, developed by the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, lets users define their network and develop a plan to stay safe, so they can reach out to others when they are struggling with tough emotions or having thoughts of suicide.
The PC SAVES Helpline App provides access to confidential crisis intervention, support, and information for Peace Corps Volunteers and trainees who have been affected by sexual assault.
VINEmobile is the mobile app version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. The app allows victims to register for timely and reliable information regarding the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Victims and concerned citizens can register to be notified by phone, email, text message (where applicable), or TTY device when an offender’s custody status changes. Users can also register through their participating state or county toll-free number.