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What is myPlan?
myPlan, an online intimate partner violence (IPV) safety planning tool, aims to use technology to empower those affected by IPV to make safety decisions regarding their abusive relationships. The myPlan app also allows friends of IPV survivors to assist and support others in violent relationships. Since college students are more likely to seek assistance from their peers rather than from formal resources, myPlan provides a link between informal support systems and formal services.
The app functions as a promotion rather than a replacement of services for IPV survivors. It is composed of general information about healthy relationships as well as three main interactive parts: an integrated Danger Assessment, safety priority setting, and a tailored safety action plan.
Below, we have outlined a brief description of each section of the app.
Who can use myPlan?
Currently, myPlan is available for anyone who identifies as a woman, including women in same-sex relationships, or for anyone who is friends with someone affected by IPV. The app is currently available in Spanish. See the What's in store for myPlan? section for more information on our efforts to make myPlan more inclusive.
What is the evidence behind myPlan?
Numerous qualitative studies have demonstrated that potential users of myPlan found the app to be useful, understandable, appropriate, and comprehensive. Additionally, quantitative studies have demonstrated that after just one use, myPlan was effective in decreasing decisional conflict among participants. In the long-term, participants using myPlan were found to experience decreased violence. Users of myPlan were also found to be more likely to leave their abusive relationships safely.
What's in store for myPlan?
Because myPlan is available in an app, we are able to constantly improve this safety planning tool. We are currently working to adapt myPlan to immigrant/refugee populations as well as Native American populations. myPlan is also being translated in five more languages.
While myPlan was originally created with women in mind, due to their higher likelihood of experiencing severe IPV, we still recognize that IPV affects men as well. Therefore, we are also currently working to create a male-version of the app.
The Survivor Link team is now engaging in community outreach efforts by providing free, onsite training with diverse community partners in an effort to streamline and standardize screening of and response to IPV in the community.
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