June 10, 2016

New App Helps Victims of Crime

iphoneA new mobile app developed at the University of Dayton Research Institute’s Software Systems group could connect Ohio crime victims with important local resources such as law enforcement, medical services, counselors, financial resources, and more.

It was recently unveiled by UDRI and Family Services of Miami Valley. “The app allows users to quickly connect to a wide variety of support resources and service providers within their local communities,” said Bonnie Parish, executive director of Family Services of Miami Valley. Work on the app was funded through a $238,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Technology Put to Good Use

The hope is to extend the services throughout Southwest Ohio, and one day across the nation.

According to the Dayton Daily News, Jason Erret, senior software engineer in UDRI’s Software Systems group, said in 2014 that the Justice Department was looking for a system that could better address the needs of victims from a local perspective.

“Knowledge is one of the most powerful assets to victims of crime,” Bonnie Parish, executive director of Family Services, said in 2014. “This project will allow us to provide additional means to support people who are feeling vulnerable and need assistance but don’t know where to find it.”

For more information on this new technology, please see the full article from the Dayton Daily News.