The GWEN ALERT is a phone app that features an “emergency” button to use in times of distress.
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In support of Domestic Violence Month, the Global Women’s Empowerment
Network (GWEN) launched the GWEN ALERT in October at Digital Hollywood in
The free phone application, currently available for iPhones through iTunes,
features an “emergency” button to use in times of distress. With the click of the
emergency button on a smart phone, a user can discreetly send a preset text to
her/his GWEN FIVE instantly alerting them and activating GPS tracking for the
location. Members on the user’s GWEN FIVE can then send help to the location,
even if the victim is in transit.
GWEN co-founder and COO, Tess Cacciatore, said the app is useful for battered women and all
victims in abusive relationships; those dating, traveling or meeting people alone;
children, teens and young people in danger; as well as senior citizens living
alone and feeling threatened.
Cacciatore said they chose to launch the app for National Domestic Abuse Month
to raise awareness and support those suffering from abuse. “Thousands are
victims of domestic abuse each year and we created GWEN to empower and
help them live beyond abuse. We want to put control back into victims’ hands,
providing real tools to those in abusive relationships that could save a life as well
as give peace of mind.”
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