In Kyiv, with the participation of First Lady Olena Zelenskaya and Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky, a presentation of a mobile application was held to respond to and counteract cases of domestic and gender-based violence.
An Ukrinform correspondent reports this.
“This is a very interesting application, in my opinion. Anyone with a smartphone can install it. This is such a hidden SOS button. And on the other side, the National Police will immediately respond to the call,” the first lady said.
In turn, Deputy Interior Minister Kateryna Pavlichenko noted that according to a survey conducted by the United Nations Population Fund in Ukraine, more than 73% of respondents believe that it is more difficult to call the police in a situation of domestic violence than in any other. At the same time, 93% said they would like to have a service that would allow them to call the police with the press of a button, without calling 102.
Therefore, in cooperation with international partners, this mobile application was created. Its name is not made public in the interests of women who need this tool.
“Usually such a woman does not have her own space, personal correspondence, access to all possible services, including the Internet, because they are controlled by the offender. Therefore, we disguised this application so that it does not arouse suspicion in the offender, so that he does not pay additional attention to this,” Pavlichenko said.
Among the functionality of the application are useful information about domestic and gender-based violence, a call button “SOS”, a map with the nearest social services for victims. The internal interface is only available to the direct user.
“The application is integrated with the National Police, which will ensure the contact of the dispatcher and provide an appropriate response. It provides for the introduction of geolocation in advance so as not to waste time on this later. That is, the operator sees information from the message, and police units will be sent (to the place of the call – Ed.) “, – said the deputy minister.
Now the application is available for download in the AppStore and Play Market. For details on how to download and work with it, women can contact the hotline 116123 or private messages on the “Break the Circle” page in Facebook.
Minister of the Interior Denis Monastyrsky is convinced that small steps like this application make real work to combat domestic violence.
The event was also attended by the British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons and the representative of the United Nations Population Fund in Ukraine Jaime Nadal.
As reported, Ukraine has a hotline to counter violence at 15-47.