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App helps victims of domestic violence get help discreetly

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It's a life saving tool, with just the tap your finger, you can alert anyone, even police that you are in need of help.  The Aspire app was created by Robin Mcgraw, the wife of Dr. Phil. 

"Making that phone call, it's really hard, sometimes, they don't want the man to know that they're calling 911...cause in that short time, if they know, it's gonna take a few minutes for the police to get there, and the violence could get worse," said Sharon Totherow. 

Totherow lives in Greenville and said she was abused by her ex- husband for years. She started her own non profit called Domestic Violence Assistance helping women who are recovering from an abusive relationship. She said her son is the reason she got away from the abuse. 

"When he was four, he told his whole class, on a Monday, that last night daddy held a knife to mommy's throat. (pauses and starts to cry)
and that was the turning point," said Totherow. 

She said if she had been able to use an app like Aspire, she may have been able to get help sooner. And although the app is geared towards helping people with domestic violence, the creators say it can also come in handy in other situations. 

All tabs in the app are news related, except one.  The help tab, takes you to a 'get help' section. From there you then can add 'Trusted Contacts' including 9-1-1. If you need help you simply tap the top bar three times and the contacts are alerted through a text message.  

They will also receive a text with a location and recording of you in that moment. 

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