Domestic violence takes on many forms and hides behind many faces. Spousal manipulation, physical abuse at the hands of an ex-partner, or even murder can be results of domestic violence. There are some warning signs, such as a partner being quick to anger or over jealous, but some victims of domestic violence live in silence, unobserved by all except their abusers. Despite the assumption that only men can abuse, and women are always the victims, any gender can be an offender and any gender can be a victim.
The main concern of working with someone living in a domestic violence situation is safety. Safety plans, support groups, safe houses, and money stashed away little by little are all on the back of the mind of those trying to get away from their abusers. Tele-health has recently emerged as an answer to some of these safety concerns, with secure communication to a support worker or case manager that can disappear after it is sent making it a viable option for many in an unsafe situation. Additionally, resources for local shelters, doctors and social service agencies can be loaded into the tele-health platform.
Apportis is a part of this solution, working towards a safer and healthier community for victims of domestic violence. The platform can be used without WIFI, which is a major benefit for those living in domestic violence, as some perpetrators can disconnect the WIFI as a way to cut off their victims from support. There are also resources loaded onto the platform that can be referenced to create a safety plan or learn how to make the first step towards safety. Additionally, with the stigma surrounding victims of domestic violence, having the ability to form a secure HIPAA compliant video connection with a support worker from a safe location is invaluable for those in unsafe situations.
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, and as a community we can reach out to those who may feel isolated or alone. Offer help and let those in a domestic violent situation know that there is nothing to be ashamed of, and that it is not their fault. If you suspect that someone is a victim of domestic violence, reach out to a local support line to know how best to help. We invite you to join hands with Apportis in an effort to create a safer future for those of domestic violence.