Apple's Safety Check combats domestic abuse but timing its use is critical

Apple has debuted a new mobile tool to wrestle away control in coercive, domestic violence situations — but timing is crucial if you have to use this feature. 

The feature, Apple Safety Check, has been designed to help tackle domestic abuse and intimate partner violence (IPV). 

Apple has worked with organizations, including the National Network To End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCV) to design this new feature.

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Safety Check is making its debut in iOS 16, the next upgrade to Apple’s mobile operating system. iOS 16 is in beta and is expected to become widely available in the fall.  

What is domestic abuse or IPV?

Domestic abuse and IPV can include stalking, gaslighting, psychological and sexual coercion, aggression, physical violence, and both behavioral and financial control. 

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IPV is, unfortunately, “common.” The agency’s latest National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) found that one in four women and one in 10 men have experienced some form of IPV over their lifetime. 

Furthermore, over 43 million women and 38 million men in the United States have experienced “psychological aggression” by an

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