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Cockeysville resident creates app for domestic violence

Baltimore residents may recall the brutal murder of a young college woman from Cockeysville in May of 2010. The young college student was yet another victim of domestic violence at the hands of her boyfriend. The victim's mother and sister, who have created the One Love Foundation, have now developed a free app to help young women recognize the signs that they may be involved in a dangerous relationship.

Domestic violence can affect women and men of all walks of life. However, young women are particularly vulnerable because they often do not recognize important signs that can indicate the potential for escalated violence. The new app is designed to prevent the deaths of young women under the age of 26 who fall victim each year to this "silent" epidemic.

The app involves a questionnaire that the young women need to fill out to detect whether they have experienced controlling behavior or any violent behavior from their boyfriends. The app creates a score that the women can use to compare themselves to others so that they have an indication of whether a danger or potential for domestic violence exists. The app also apparently gives them advice on what to do next, based on their score.

The state of Maryland takes all domestic abuse cases very seriously. A victim of abuse can file for a restraining order at any time. A temporary order of protection will be issued immediately and a hearing will take place in very short order. At the hearing, the judge can address a number of issues that may concern a victim of abuse, such as temporary orders to provide child support payments and temporary spousal support. The judge can also address visitation privileges and temporary child custody issues surrounding the children of the abuser.

Source: Baltimore.cbslocal.com, "Mother, Sister Of Yeardley Love Join Fight Against Domestic Violence," Feb. 21, 2013

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