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“Panic Button” App for women facing violence in Greece

A digital application for mobile phones to support women facing violence at home, called ‘Panic Button’, has been introduced in Athens and Thessaloniki.

The free app is downloaded on a smartphone and activates the service by pressing on a button which sends a text message (sms) to the operational center of the police.

The app contains the needed information to locate the user.

The app can be provided by Greek police departments, the Offices to Manage Domestic Violence in Athens and Thessaloniki, and counseling centers of the network under the General Secretariat of Demographic and Family Policy and Equality of the Sexes at the Labor Ministry, in Attica and Thessaloniki.

In order to acquire the app, a woman needs to fill out the following information: numerical code, social security number (AMKA), full name, cellphone number, exact address and floor, name on the home bell, history of violent incidents, indication of whether the perpetrator has a gun, indication of children and/or pregnancy of the victim, indications of a history of addictions and/or mental illness by the perpetrator.

the Panic Button has been introduced on March 23, 2023.

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