Circle of 6 is a smartphone app against sexual assault. When the Circle of 6 app saw download numbers in India rise sharply after the devastating gang rape and murder in New Delhi in December, the team was motivated to act quickly and localized the app for greater accessibility.
It has been customized for New Delhi and the iphone APP was launched on April 2, 2013, with the Android version to be released on April 15, 2013.
Circle of 6 – New Delhi is programmed for use in both English and Hindi, including a specific translation note for the Hindi that makes the app gender-neutral to ensure that the app speaks to people of all genders and orientations. Hotlines are now pre-programmed for the recently formed 24/7 women’s hotline of New Delhi and the Jagori advocacy helpline. As a suggested third number, the user is directed to the Lawyer’s Collective if calling the police feels unsafe, which for many women it does.
With only two taps, Circle of 6 connects users threatened with possible sexual assault and abuse to a network of trusted friends using GPS technology, texting, anti-violence resources, and a commitment to support each other. The app is currently being used in 26 countries with over 55,000 downloads worldwide.
Circle of 6 was a winner of the 2011 Apps Against Abuse challenge held by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services(HHS) and has received awards from the Institute of Medicine and the Avon Foundation for Women.The New Delhi launch has been endorsed by leading Indian women’s advocacy organization Jagori and partners at the UN.
WHAT IT DOES
- You’re out late and you lose track of your friends. Use Circle of 6 to send your circle a “come and get me” message- with a map using GPS to show your precise location.
- You’re on a date that starts to get uncomfortable. You need a polite way to excuse yourself. Use Circle of 6 to alert your circle to call you and interrupt the situation.
- You’re seeing someone new, but you have some doubts about how things are going. Use Circle of 6 to access a wealth of online information about healthy relationships.
- In critical situations, use Circle of 6 to call two pre-programmed national hotlines or a local emergency number of your choice.
For further details visit : http://www.circleof6app.com/about/india/