A New App Helps Domestic Violence Victims Collect the Evidence Needed to Charge Their Abusers

From A Mighty Girl authored by Katherine:

“Sheri Kurdakul is a domestic violence survivor, so she knows how hard it can be to prove the systematic nature of abuse: often by the time someone gathers the courage to report their abuser, they’re trying to remember details of events that are months or years old. This can make it challenging to build a case against abusers and, unfortunately, many domestic violence cases are dismissed as a result, including 80% of cases in one state. To help make it easier for victims to document abuse, Kurdakul has created an app called VictimsVoice, which records incidences of abuse in a way that’s safe, secure, and legally admissible. “What did you have for lunch 10 days ago? What was the weather like? Can you remember without looking at your calendar?” she asks. ‘If you cannot recall this, then how is a victim supposed to remember something that happened when they are trying to stay safe, protect their kids and pets — months, even years in the past? That’s the problem we solve.'”

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