Victims of crime, including victims of domestic abuse, can use an app to help protect themselves and alert people in dangerous or life-threatening situations.
Hollie Guard is an advanced personal safety device, and with a simple tap or shake, can send your location and video/audio evidence to nominated emergency contacts via email or text.
The app can also send a high-pitched alarm and a light starts to flash on your phone to attract attention.
The app was commissioned by The Hollie Gazzard Trust after the murder of Hollie Gazzard in Gloucester in 2014 by her then boyfriend – Asher Maslin, who stalked Hollie during an abusive relationship. The Trust helps reduce domestic abuse through creating and delivering programmes on domestic abuse and promoting healthy relationships within schools and colleges.
Once the app is activated, your location can be tracked and viewed in real time by your emergency contact. Evidence is not stored on the smartphone but on secure servers so that it may be used as future evidence.
When travelling, the ‘journey’ feature allows you to notify your friends, family and co-workers of your movements. An email or text will be generated and sent to your emergency contacts when you have safely completed your journey.
‘Meetings’ allows you to identify when you are going to a meeting or working alone. An alert will automatically be created if the timer expires or you do not cancel the meeting.
The app also provides extra protection for users in situations when the user may become motionless, by alerting your emergency contact to a sudden deceleration, non-movement and impact.
Hollie Guard is ideal when out and about, on a night out, travelling, for the kids going to and from school, out with their friends etc.
The app is available free of charge for iPhone, Android and Windows phones. To register, go to https://hollieguard.com