DART

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Links to the dart app:

iOS:   http://itunes.com/apps/dartsolo

Googleplay store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/detailsid=com.dartapp.dartapplite

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The DART (Domestic Abuse and Stalking Reference Tool) app was developed to bring together lots of information and guidance about domestic abuse, coercive control, stalking and domestic homicide in one place, and in an easy to read structure.

The app is under constant development and is available in two basic forms

  1. DART Solo: this version contains over 500 pages of information related to domestic abuse, coercive control, stalking and domestic homicide. There is also support information for anyone who may be concerned about a family member or friend, or who is a professional needing to access information, guidance and support. You can purchase DART Solo from the iOS or android stores for just 99p. Search for dart domestic abuse and choose DART solo. There are also links at the top of this page
  2. DART Pro: this version is available for professionals to use. You can access DART Pro with a special code given to organisations by contacting us through this website, through Dr Monckton Smith at the University of Gloucestershire, or through the DART twitter page @dart_tool. We can provide DART Pro to organisations helping or responding to victims, or to charities, at no charge as we are committed to raising awareness and preventing abuse and homicide.

Here are some example pages from the DART app:

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How to use the DART app

• The home page shows six categories of information. Tap on the category you are interested in

• You will be presented with a menu or list of contents for the category you have chosen. Tap on the item of information you wish to view

• Now you are presented with brief pieces of information on the subject you have chosen. Text in black can be tapped for more detailed content if you require it. Sometimes the text will be a question, tap on it for the answer

• The interactive section on risk is slightly different. The first page shows two things: a Venn diagram showing the three sections of the Homicide Triad and a link to the questionnaire.

The triad shows three categories of  behaviour. When there are characteristics present from each section in a domestic abuse situation risk for serious harm is raised. You can tap on each of the circles for a list of common characteristics – if you tap on black text, you will then be given more detailed information.

To begin the questionnaire tap on the link. The questionnaire takes you through the three categories. Tap on a characteristic if it is present in your case. You will go through three sections in the questionnaire. At the end you will be given an outcome page which helps you  think about the risk involved.

• For detailed information on our research related to risk and homicide you can look at the homicide timeline in the homicide section of the app when it is published.

We can also provide advanced risk and threat training for professionals, including how to get the best from the app. We have already delivered training to police, mental health, medical practitioners, social services and many others. Multi agency training is particularly popular. Please contact Dr Monckton Smith through this website or through the University of Gloucestershire.