According to the U.S. Department of Justice, over 2.1 million women are assaulted by their partners each year. Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk for violence, but because of the private nature of the issue, they typically turn to the Internet instead of their friends for advice. Because of this, the University of Missouri and Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing created One Love My Plan, a free app to help college-age women identify if they are in unhealthy relationships and give them information and support.
“At some point, almost everyone knows someone in an unhealthy relationship,” Tina Bloom, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing told Psych Central. “The purpose of the My Plan app is to quickly and confidentially provide women and concerned friends with information and available resources. Our goal is not to replace existing services, but to better connect students with them.”
The One Love My Plan app:
- Debunks common relationship violence myths and provides information on healthy relationship dynamics, and potential behavioral red flags;
- Creates personalized safety plans based on users’ priorities;
- Provides sample scripts for approaching friends who are in potentially dangerous relationships;
- Connects users to helpful resources, including the option to chat with a trained peer advocate via LoveisRespect.org.
[h/t Psych Central]