New smart phone app determines risk of domestic violence

By Allison McGinley, Special Projects Producer, amcginley@clickorlando.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:41:50 PM EST
Updated On: Oct 24 2013 06:10:45 AM EDT

Answer 20 questions, know if you or a loved one is living in danger.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

The numbers are staggering. One in three women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. And if you have a daughter in college that number is one in five during her college career.

Many times people around these women-- friends, even family-- think something is wrong, but don't intervene.

Maybe they're afraid of getting involved. Maybe they're afraid of getting it wrong.

But now, there's help.

It's called the One Love app.

It was developed by a mother; a mother who lost her youngest daughter to domestic violence; a mother who doesn't want anyone else to know her pain.

“She was just joyful, when she walked in she lit up a room, everyone knew Yeardley,” said Sharon Love who developed this app in honor and in memory of her daughter.

Yeardley Love was a star lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, but her life and dreams were cut short when her ex-boyfriend beat her to death in 2010.

“It was a total shock, total shock that that could possibly happen total shock than anyone is capable of that behavior and the biggest shock was that it happened to Yeardly my daughter,” said Love.

Now, three years after her daughter’s death, Love is hoping to make a difference in the lives of young women with the One Love Foundation and the One Love app.

“We weren't even looking for signs because we didn't know anything about relationship violence,” said Love.

“If you understand what it looks like in the early stages then you can get out,” said Kim Ward, chairman of the One Love Foundation.

Ward says the 20 question danger assessment app is meant to uncover even the smallest warning signs.

“Nobody thinks tomorrow my boyfriend is going to beat me to death. It happens and this is a way to alert people how much danger they’re in,” said Ward.

The app is based on 20 years of research by Johns Hopkins University.

It is private and requires a log in and password and includes questions about fights-- whether or not they become physical.           

It asks if the partner is unemployed or if they have children, and if the partner owns a gun.

Love hopes that with the app and a new public service announcement, the One Love Foundation will shatter any notion that domestic violence can't happen to them or anyone they love.

“It's very important as a bystander not to step away, sometimes as a bystander you'll save a life,” said Ward.

Love echoed those sentiments saying, “Everyone has to stand up and say it's wrong and stop it.”

Yeardley Love's ex-boyfriend was eventually convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 23 years in prison.

The One Love app is available to download for both Android and iPhone and you can access it online.

If you need help or believe someone you love may be in a dangerous relationship contact Harbor House at 407-886-2856.

For more information, click here.

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