Stay safe and healthy in your relationships with these iPhone apps

May 23, 2011
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Recent revelations about high-profile men engaging in sexual misconduct are enough to make anyone reexamine their relationship. Who could have missed former California governor Arnold’s Schwarzenegger’s baby mama drama, or the allegations of rape against IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan? We all have the right to feel safe and secure, and it never hurts to reevaluate. […]

Recent revelations about high-profile men engaging in sexual misconduct are enough to make anyone reexamine their relationship. Who could have missed former California governor Arnold’s Schwarzenegger’s baby mama drama, or the allegations of rape against IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan?

We all have the right to feel safe and secure, and it never hurts to reevaluate. So spend a few minutes with the following iPhone apps. Maltreatment – whether from a partner or a stranger on the street – is never acceptable.

The Social and Relationship Assessments app ($0.99) includes assessments for several types of unhealthy and dangerous social interactions, including cyber-stalking, emotional abuse and domestic abuse. Select the category that is of interest to you, and answer the survey questions presented. Once you’re done, the app will provide you with a synopsis and recommend a course of action.

If you feel you or a loved one may be caught in a dangerous relationship, you might benefit from the Getting Out of an Abusive Relationship app. At $9.99, it’s in no way supposed to replace the expertise of a medical professional, but it can help you identify the symptoms and start you down a healthier path. The app explores different types of abuse, and some reasons why an individual may become abusive.

Dating is exciting and fun, but it also means interacting with individuals whose backgrounds you know little about. As more and more people meet via the Internet, it’s easy to be deceived. Take the necessary precautions when you are out on a first date, including meeting in a public place and abstaining from alcohol. If you are particularly concerned, check out the $0.99 myDateTrackerAlert app. You input the appropriate contact info, and if you don’t check-in by a certain time, the app will send notification to your contacts to alert them you might be in distress.

Some individuals are cheated on by their partners for years without realizing it. A frank and direct conversation is probably best, but if you want to study the situation before lobbing accusations, you can download the free Is Your Partner Cheating on You? app. It will walk you through a series of questions that will help give your doubts a little perspective.

One way to remain safe is to boost your self-confidence, and that can be as simple as being prepared. The Self Defense app ($0.99) includes instructions and drills that will help protect your person as you go through your day. It also includes specific scenarios, such as how to be safe when traveling and how to stay safe online.

A big part of staying safe is making yourself aware. The free Sexual Assault Awareness app includes critical data and statistics on sexual assault, including the percentage of cases that go reported and the percentage of perpetrators who are never convicted.

 

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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