One of the busiest hospitals in the state that tends to victims of sexual assault has launched an smartphone app that offers instant access to resources such as medical and police assistance and a crisis hotline.
The free app, called bMOREsafe is a project of the 30 forensic nurse examiners at Mercy Medical Center, a designated sexual assault and domestic violence center in Baltimore City. The examiners are available at all times to the victims 13 and older at the hospital, and they work with criminal justice officers and other agencies.
“The bMOREsafe app can help victims of violence to know what resources are available,” said Debra S. Holbrook, coordinator of Mercy’s Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Program, in a statement. “It provides information about what one can expect after an incident of abuse or assault; it gives back the power of choice. It’s easy to use with a touch screen question-driven format.”
The app will work with both iPhone and Android smartphones and information will be updated every six months. Officials plan to promote it at schools and community events.
For a list of all forensic nurse programs in the state, go to the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault website.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun