A personal safety ‘call for help’ app within the smokescreen of a women’s wellness app. It is designed specifically for women in danger of domestic and family violence in Western Australia.
The app’s primary purpose is its emergency functionality, however the splash screen smokescreen displays as Inspirational Quotes, Positive Moments, Daily Thoughts, Help and Plan, the Positive Pathways icon, and a nondescript 000 icon.
When the Positive Pathways icon on the splash screen is tapped three times (within two seconds) the app activates a built-in microphone to record up to five minutes of a crisis situation. While recording, the device prompts the user to press SEND on a pre-written text message to trusted contacts that alerts them to the need for help and sends the device’s GPS location. The alert and audio recording can be deactivated by tapping the Positive Pathways icon another three times (within two seconds).
When the ‘000’ icon is tapped, the user is prompted to tap on Call 000 or Cancel. Tapping Call 000 takes the user outside the app and dials emergency services from the phone.
The Daily Thoughts and Help and Plan icons disguise the app’s domestic violence functionality and are password protected. The app’s website is a companion to the app and helps users to understand how to use these functions.
In Daily Thoughts the user can write and store journal entries and share them with trusted contacts.
In Help and Plan, there are 3 options: Help Options, Saved Recordings and Positive Pathways.
Help Options has 3 options: Your Trusted Contacts, Text Settings, and Who Can Help. The Your Trusted Contacts section allows the user to manually add or import trusted contacts from the device. The Text Settings section allows the user to manage the content generated when the Positive Pathways icon is tapped 3 times. User options include Send Location Using Maps and GPS, Record an Audio Sample (up to 5 minutes), and Add the Pre-Written Text. When the user pre-selects Record an Audio Sample, the content is recorded when the Positive Pathways icon is tapped 3 times, however it is not automatically sent to the contacts. In the Add the Pre-Written Text section, the user can personalise the text message. The Who Can Help section lists contact details for services supporting victims of Domestic Violence in Australia.
Saved Recordings (in Help and Plan section) allows the user to manually select the relevant audio recording and share it.
Positive Pathways (in Help and Plan section) has 3 options: About Positive Pathways, How We Can Help, and Signs of Trouble. The How We Can Help section refers users to the website and to Positive Pathways workshops. The Signs of Trouble section provides general information about violence against women and children.