New app aids women in violent relationships – Western News

July 7, 2020

Women experiencing violence from intimate partners now have access to a unique, interactive safety app that can help them assess their risks, set priorities and plan next steps. The myPlan Canada app was co-developed at Western, with Nursing professor Marilyn Ford-Gilboe as the Canadian project lead.

The app allows users to input their specific circumstances – such as whether they are in immediate danger, live with the abuser, have young children at home, have a job, are in a rural or urban area, or have access to a vehicle – and will walk them through a personalized plan to protect their safety and health.

“The purpose of myPlan is to give women space and time to think about their situation, to think about their options. It’s a starting place,” said Ford-Gilboe, Women’s Health Research Chair in Rural Health at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing.

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