Document It! is meant to be a tool for survivors of non-fatal strangulation assault and professionals who work with survivors. It provides basic information on strangulation to increase awareness of the significant health and safety risks, some of which can exist long after the actual assault.
Survivors can use the app the document any incidents of assaults including strangulation. The app provides guidance to help understand all possible signs and symptoms that are related to this specific type of assault. The reports are saved in a Dropbox account and the survivor can choose to share them with law enforcement or an attorney if they choose.
What We Love:
- The information provided on strangulation is educational, easy to understand, and concise. Since many people do not fully understand the possible lingering effects of this type of assault, this information is beneficial.
Safety & Privacy Considerations / Tips:
- The Terms of Service must be accepted before beginning to use the app. Survivors should read through the terms carefully and discuss any concerns with an advocate or attorney.
- The user must connect the app to a Dropbox account to begin using it, including accessing the basic educational features. It's important that a survivor understand how Dropbox works and how to make sure they are maintaining their privacy.
- Any reports created in the app will be saved to the Dropbox account, which can be accessed from other devices. If the Dropbox account was created on an older computer or is automatically being backed up somewhere, the survivor should make sure that the abusive person will not have access.
- Reports recorded in the app should only be shared with law enforcement or attorneys if the survivor is seeking legal assistance. Reports, especially those including media files such as photos or video of the assault or injuries, should not be sent to advocates as they should not be in a position of collecting evidence of a crime.
- The user has the option to search for a Family Justice Center near them by using the GPS on their device. If using this, users should be sure to turn off location sharing once done to maximize privacy. They can also search by state instead or contact the National Hotline number provided in the app for information on other local resources.