The Keep App

Background on 'The Keep' App

In 2016, 260,000 domestic abuse prosecutions were dropped, 100,000 of those simply due to a lack of evidence. In April 2017 Emma Pearmaine, director of family services at a national law firm, said, “Victims, and women especially, are often unable to provide evidence about their abuse….. More resources are needed to identify alternative avenues of collecting evidence and building a case against abusers without putting the victim at risk. This is a challenge, but one which must be addressed”.

Two months earlier, Cithrah had applied to Comic Relief’s “Tech vs Abuse” grant for funding to develop “The Keep” App.  We had already identified the critical issue and created were in the process of producing a solution. 
We now have 2 project workers promoting The Keep on both sides of the Irish Sea, to many organisations and charities. 

Professional agencies were universally supportive, citing the many positive benefits it offers, some beyond the original remit of helping domestic abuse survivors. The app has also been used to help those in neighbour disputes and those monitoring counselling issues. Parents have used the app for helping record incidents for children with behavioural needs etc.  Many victims of domestic abuse shared their experiences with us and gave a range of diverse reasons as to why they would use The Keep.

After many years of working with victims raising awareness, understanding and recovery from abuse Cithrȃh have looked at for solutions and helps, to build strategies for safety, recognition and understanding in a bid to help in the process for recovery.

Features

Concealed as a Reminders App, which is personal to the individual, thereby not appearing suspicious. The reminders list can be regularly refreshed.

Users control their own data & expression – the Keep allows for written text, audio, photos & videos. Data is private and stored encrypted.

All data leaves the phone to be stored remotely, and accessed via a passcode generated in the App so it doesn’t have to be remembered.

One reminder, created at registration, is the password – when inputted it is a concealed entry system to the App itself.

Consists of 12 questions, carefully written to record crucial evidential facts. An area for the expression of emotion is at the end.

Entries cannot be returned to the phone and cannot be edited, to preserve evidential integrity. Additional entries can be added.

The KEEP app is the first stage

A help to keep a record of events

Building on our connections with other service providers and with our client base,

To develop our other services, support, counselling and advice to meet the needs of victims and families.

 

Our Focus

To be positive to encourage Hope and empowerment, showing there is a way out and there is life after abuse. Highlighting the positives and abilities inside the person and families to overcome and live a life of their choice

EXTENSIVE RESEARCH IN DEVELOPING THE KEEP

Professional agencies were universally supportive, citing many positive benefits it offers, some beyond the original remit of helping domestic abuse survivors to also helping those in neighbour disputes / those monitoring counselling issues, children with behavioural needs etc.  Many victims of domestic abuse shared their experiences with us and gave a range of diverse reasons as to why they would use The Keep.

After many years of working with victims raising awareness, understanding and recovery from abuse.  Cithrȃh have looked at solutions and helps to build strategies for safety, recognition and understanding and process for recovery.