Similar to Myplan app developed by researchers at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Kenya is also expected to have an app which will help them identify if they are in an abusive relationship and to walk out safely from it.
Myplan app has been working in Canada, Australia and New Zealand and the United States but it is not available in Africa. It is a first interactive safety decision aid and helps. A relationship is complex, and for someone to make decisions requires evaluation and a proper judgement. The app is designed to assist intimate partner violence or IPV and thereby navigating the needy to the right path.
Get started with myPlan in 3 easy steps! Step 1: download the app. Step 2: answer some questions. Step 3: get your personalized safety plan and get informed! #DecideWhatsSafe #DV pic.twitter.com/7CFHLRlGSq— myPlan (@myPlanInfo) March 30, 2018
This app is being headed by a professor Nancy Glass, who says the positive response from the app has made it obvious to double their reach; first into Kenya, then Ghana and Somalia. According to her, her work experience in multiple African countries on violence prevention and women's response gave her an access to the kind of challenges African women and girls have been facing in terms of safety.
How the app works
The process involves a series of questions about the situation. Then input facility from professionals like counsellors etc happens via live chat. Through the live chat, the woman is given various possible choices and to provide her safety is then linked with local resources.
The response to the app is mostly how the app helps them to understand the complex relationship, to identify whether their relationship is healthy or not.
According to Glass, Myplan app is "a safety decision tool" and helps women to learn and differentiate between healthy and an abusive relationship. The app helps them to identify the red flag and patiently decide and make a choice.
"For example, has the abuse increased in frequency over the past year, has your partner threatened to kill you," she said. The app also provides personalised safety plan and connects women to the local resources be it helplines, shelters or counsellors.
According to the report by WHO, about 30 percent of women experience physical or sexual violence globally. According to the WHO, Intimate Partner Violence is when a partner or an ex-partner cause harm be it physical, sexual or psychological; beating, raping or controlling all comes under IPV.
Most of the women fail to accept that they are being abused and some abuses go on for years and years as the women are afraid to speak about it.
The Kenya version of the app is expected to be launched in 2019 in Kiswahili so that its communicable to all.