Date published: 31 July 2018
A pioneering new mobile app to support victims of domestic abuse across the country, has been launched and can be hidden on phones under a weather app alias.
The Bright Sky app, launched by the Vodafone Foundation and domestic abuse charity Hestia, is the first of its kind in the UK, and is designed to signpost victims of domestic abuse to help and support services, as well as offering advice to people who believe loved ones could be victims.
The discreet app has been built and designed with the absolute safety of users in mind and allows people to log incidents of domestic abuse in a secure journal using either text, audio, video or photos, without content actually being saved on the device.
Policing experts on protecting those vulnerable to domestic abuse have worked closely with Vodafone, Hestia and TecSOS - specially adapted technology enabling people to contact police quickly and discreetly - to inform the policing element of the app.
South Yorkshire Police’s Chief Superintendent Natalie Shaw assisted on launching the app, she said: "Bright Sky will be a massive help to anyone vulnerable to domestic abuse, as well as to anyone who has concerns for someone. It will direct and connect people to local support services while also providing a discreet yet quick and easy way for people to contact police.”
Phil Taylor, Wellbeing and Health Manager at West Lindsey District Council, was delighted to hear that the app had been launched, he said: "I would encourage anyone that is worried about domestic abuse to download the Bright Sky app. It's free, discreet and easy to use, and enables you to find out more information on the support available to you and to family members about the different types of abuse.”
Bright Sky is available in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Polish and is free to download on both iOS and Android devices via Google Play, and Apple.