App review: Bright Sky
Bright Sky launches an app to help victims of domestic abuse.
Apps are a normal part of life in the 21st century, unfortunately so is domestic abuse.
Bright Sky has recently been launched for victims, families and friends to access as a resource, providing a facility for the victim to record and store a journal documenting their abuse.
Video, photographs and voice recordings can all be held in an email account identified by the victim as safe.
The app has a safe escape feature on some of its pages, but not all. There is a brief questionnaire to help users to assess their own risk, followed with advice on what to do next.
Intervention to improve safety for victims always carries a risk so questions to ask include whether victims have secure privacy with the iPhone and a safe email address not accessed by the perpetrator.
The app has potential for victims of abuse but the execution needs further development in order to keep victims safe. As a resource for family and friends of a victim of abuse it is very good, with the potential for a growing index of local services.
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Amanda Burston is an emergency nurse at Royal Stoke Hospital