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2 women launch app for domestic violence survivors

Victims of domestic violence often feel isolated. The person they love the most may also be the one who hurts them physically, emotionally and mentally. They may feel as though they have no way to get away from their partner even if they strongly want to do so. Two women here in New Jersey wanted to give domestic violence survivors a simpler way to get out of an abusive relationship, so they developed an app to help victims file charges against their abusers more easily.

One woman is a police lieutenant and also a survivor of domestic violence. The other woman is a CEO, and together they created an app called VictimsVoice. The app assists victims with documenting incidents of abuse and violence. Anything uploaded and stored on the app can be accessed by legal professionals or another chosen recipient approved by the victim.

There is a monthly subscription fee to cover licensing. The founders say that documenting incidents with significant detail is helpful to a victim's case. They also allow people to purchase gift cards for victims to use to cover the subscription fee. Other victims of other kinds of abuse can use the app as well, for the same documentation purposes.

No matter the circumstances, no one deserves to be abused at the hands of a loved one. Those here in New Jersey who are victims of domestic violence may want to consult an attorney, whether they make use of this app or not. A legal professional with experience handling domestic violence matters can advise survivors of the steps to take to protect themselves and begin a new life.

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