A Mobile App for Iranian Women Experiencing Domestic Violence
Whereas social, cultural, and legal barriers already make gender equality a struggle for women, user-friendly technologies are vital to providing support to at-risk individuals and raising awareness about their rights.
Toranj is an Android application that educates and supports those at risk of experiencing violent circumstances, inside or outside the home. Through Toranj, survivors and victims have immediate access to a support network containing trusted friends and family, advocates, and knowledge of the legal system.
An app for survivors of domestic violence and anyone who may become one
Toranj assists Iranian women in several different ways including emergency contact in case of a violent situation, legal support handbook, educational resources, self-assessment of romantic relationships, and a database of pro-bono counseling clinics and law firms.
Toranj acts as a method of instantaneous communication, notifying trusted friends of a victim’s abuse the moment it begins. Victims can safely and discreetly send a series of pre-drafted text messages to selected contacts. The text messages read “call the police,” “get here fast,” or any other message the user would like to prepare. This can be done at a simple touch of the app’s HELP button. Furthermore, the app shares the victim’s GPS signal to inform these contacts of the victim’s location.
LEGAL AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Legal documents and guidelines pertaining to victim rights and the filing of abuse complaints are also available to read and examine on Toranj. In the articles tab, sers can read different educational resources pertaining to healthy understanding of relationships.
FREE COUNSELING CENTERS AND RELATIONSHIP ASSESSMENT
Users can complete an assessment of their current relations with others. The assessment not only provides questions which women should consider in regards to the healthiness of their relationships, but also determines the prospective abusiveness of the user’s current partnership. The app also contains a list of suggested, local experts who survivors may contact for support: family attorneys, counselors, law enforcement officers, and advocates.