Safety apps for mobile phones

  • Safety apps may help to increase your safety when using devices like mobile phones, iPads and tablets
  • They can be downloaded to your device
  • Each app has different information and services, some are linked to where you live
  • You don’t need to be experiencing violence or abuse to use a safety app.

What do safety apps do?

There are many apps for mobile phones that are made to keep people safer. Some have information on healthy relationships, others can link you to support services. There are also safety apps that you can use to send messages or call 000 if you are in danger. Because there are different laws and services in each state and territory, some apps have information just for that area. Apps like Daisy can be used wherever you are in Australia.

List of safety apps

Sunny is 1800RESPECT’s app for women with disability who have experienced violence and abuse. Sunny has been co-designed with women with disability to make sure it provides the very best support for the people who use it.

To find out more about Sunny you can visit our Sunny app page.

Download Sunny from the App Store for iOS

Download Sunny from Google Play for Android phones

Daisy is an app made by 1800RESPECT to connect women to support near them. Daisy can link to service phone numbers and websites, which you can access from within the app so they don’t show in browser history. There is also information on what to expect when contacting a service.

Download from iTunes or Google Play

The Arc app enables women experiencing family violence to track details of abusive behaviour by uploading photos, videos, audio and diary entries to create a record of what has happened, when it happened, and how it made them feel. The app also has information about technology and safety as well as links to legal resources.

For more information and to access the Arc app, visit Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.

Girls Gotta Know is a website for young women that has general legal information on legal and options in areas like relationships, housing and renting, and employment. It can be easily viewed on a smartphone as well as computer or tablet. This resource was developed by the Women’s Legal Service in Tasmania but has information for every state and territory.

Visit the Girls Gotta Know website.

The SARA (Sexual Assault Report Anonymously) website allows people who have experienced sexual assault or harassment to report what happened. Often people do not make a report because they think the incident was minor, they are too embarrassed or they do not want police involvement. Information reported to SARA is passed on to police, helping to make our communities safer. Reports are made anonymously, the person making the report cannot be identified.

Visit the SARA website.

The Buzz News app is developed by the Lisa Harnum Foundation and has top stories in world, sports and entertainment news. The ‘Help’ section of the app includes resources for people experiencing domestic or family violence. It is only available for iPhones.

For more information, visit Lisa Harnum Foundation

Download from iTunes

The Help Me app was made by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. Its simple design means it can easily be used by kids but it can be used by anyone to increase their safety. The app has a warning alarm that can be sounded when a person is in danger and send a message to contacts in their safety network. It also has resources to educate kids and parents on how to keep safe.

For more information, visit Daniel Morcombe Foundation

Download from iTunes or Google Play

The Aurora app is for people experiencing domestic and family violence or those worried about their relationship. It has space for emergency contacts as well as information on abusive behaviour and links to services in New South Wales.

Aurora was made by New South Wales Department of Family and Community services (FACS).

For more information, visit Women NSW

Download from iTunes or Google Play

The Re-focus app was developed by the Women’s Legal Service and offers information for women about separating from an abusive partner. Re-focus explains legal rights and options for women, based on the laws in Queensland. Leaving a violent or abusive relationship can increase the danger for some women, this app includes practical steps and coping tips for those who are thinking of leaving.

For more information, visit Women’s Legal Service Queensland

Download from iTunes or Google Play

The iMatter app includes information to help young women understand the signs of abusive and controlling behaviour in relationships. The aim of the app is to build resilience and promote healthy relationships among young women. Users can share and save content as well as offer support to others who are experiencing violence. iMatter also lists support services in Victoria.

iMatter was made by Doncaster Community Care and Counselling (Doncare).

For more information, visit Doncare

Download from iTunes or Google Play

The aim of the LiveFree app is to connect people with information about domestic violence and where to get help across Victoria. It includes answers to common questions like ‘What happens if I call the Police?’ There are also useful checklists as well as links to websites and support services.

Live Free was made by Doncare and the Rotary Club of Doncaster. 

For more information, visit Doncare

Download from iTunes or Google Play

Positive Pathways is a safety and wellbeing app for women experiencing domestic and family violence. It looks like a wellness app with inspirational quotes, positive moments and a daily diary that is password protected. Its main purpose is for use in emergencies, with audio recording, automatic help messages and GPS location as well as a one-touch 000 call function.

Positive Pathways was made by the Zonta House Refugee Association.

For more information, visit Positive Pathways

Download from iTunes or Google Play

Penda is a financial empowerment app for women, with a domestic and family violence focus. Penda is a free, simple to use app with national safety, financial and legal information and referrals.

Visit the Penda website.

Download Penda from Apple or Google Play.

The Emergency+ app is a free app developed by Australia's emergency services and their Government and industry partners. 

Visit the Emergency+ app website.

Download Emergency+ from the AppleGoogle Play, or Windows Phone store