uSafeNH is a free smartphone application (app) that provides victims of campus sexual assault and their allies with immediate access to assistance.
The app places trauma-informed information, resources, and support directly into the hands of people who need it most.
uSafeNH launched on 22 NH campuses on August 29, 2016. In August 2017, the uSafeUS app will launch on campuses across the East Coast.
uSafeNH and uSafeUS are examples of the innovative solutions that emerge when researchers and practitioners collaborate to address a community need. Two distinct groups were instrumental in the development and launch of uSafeNH. Content and technological development was derived from regular team meetings with researchers from the UNH Prevention Innovations Research Center and Applied Engineering and Sciences Department at UNH Manchester, as well as practitioners from the NH Violence Against Women Campus Consortium, Sexual Assault Resource Team Project at the NH Attorney General’s Office, and NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. During the first year of development, the Prevention Innovations Research Center funded two student software developers and a social work graduate student to develop the prototype and assist with the facilitation of focus groups around the state. On May 12, 2016, uSafeNH won the Entrepreneur’s Fund of NH (EFNH) Amp Award, enabling us to develop the app on the iOS platform and finalize development for Android, design and purchase marketing materials, and customize the app to reflect the resources available on each participating campus. On December 1, 2016 our proposal to launch uSafeUS won third place at the UNH Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC). In addition to the third prize money, an anonymous donor matched the prize money, doubling our award money to begin our efforts. These funds will enable us to market uSafeUS to campuses on the East Coast.