Survivor Feedback on a Safety Decision Aid Smartphone Application for College-Age Women in Abusive Relationships

Megan Lindsay, Jill Theresa Messing, Jonel Thaller, Adrienne Baldwin, Amber Clough, Tina Bloom, Karen B. Eden, Nancy Glass

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College-age women are at high risk for dating violence and tend to seek services at rates lower than older adults. Young women are more likely to look to their peers or to technology as a forum for accessing safety resources. This study explores a prototype smart phone application ("app") that is a safety decision aid for female survivors of dating violence. The app is intended to assist young women to assess the danger in their abusive relationship, set priorities for safety, and develop a personalized safety plan. Through focus group sessions and individual interviews, 38 female college students in 4 states (Arizona, Maryland, Missouri, and Oregon) who self-identified as survivors of abusive relationships reviewed and provided feedback on the usefulness, understandability, appropriateness, and comprehensiveness of the app. The focus group sessions and interviews were transcribed and analyzed. Participants were positive about the potential of the app to provide personalized information about abusive dating relationships and appropriate resources in a private, safe, and nonjudgmental manner. Detailed feedback from survivors and recommendations for further development of the app are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-388
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Technology in Human Services
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013


  • college students
  • dating violence
  • decision aid
  • emerging adults
  • intimate partner violence
  • smart phone app

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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