12/10/2017

Officers To Highlight New Tool To Help Victims Of Domestic Abuse

Victims of domestic abuse, stalking or harassment are to receive information on an app which could help protect them in dangerous or potentially life-threatening situations.

Officers To Highlight New Tool To Help Victims Of Domestic Abuse

The Hollie Guard app was developed by the parents of hairdresser Hollie Gazzard who was murdered at work in February 2014 by her ex-boyfriend.

Hollie, 20, had recently ended their relationship due to his stalking and harassing behaviour and in June 2014 he was jailed for life for her murder.

The app works by sending an alert to a named emergency contact when the phone is shaken or tapped.  Backed by Gloucestershire Police (Hollie’s home force) its other functions include GPS tracking and the ability to record voice and video – for use in possible future court prosecutions.

Every Cleveland’s officer has been given information about the app, and they have been asked to promote it when discussing safeguarding with victims of domestic abuse, stalking or harassment. 

The Hollie Guard app can be found at the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store and the Windows Microsoft Store.  More information can be found here: http://hollieguard.com/ 

Chief Inspector Helen Barker said: “This app is an excellent tool and it has lots of different features to help keep users safe.
 
“The force is taking steps to make sure all our officers are aware of the app and we are strongly encouraging them to suggest vulnerable people - and indeed anyone concerned for their personal safety - make use of it.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger added: “Protecting those at risk of or enduring domestic abuse, stalking or harassment is an absolute priority for me and I believe this app will be extremely valuable in supporting victims. 

“I am pleased the force is promoting using the app and I know officers will get on board and tell as many people as possible about it.”