App protects domestic violence victims using GPS

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – AMP Probation in Sandy has brought new technology to Utah aimed at helping domestic violence victims stay safe. It’s an app that integrates the GPS technology in ankle bracelets to alert a victim if their offender is getting too close.

Currently, GPS monitoring programs set up stationary geo-fences, or safe-zones, like a home or school. But with the Domestic Violence Empower GPS App, the victim enjoys a geo-fence wherever they go, dictated by the location of their smart-phone. If the offender enters the safe zone, they first receive a verbal warning, then their ankle bracelet turns into a loud alarm and the victim is notified of the offender’s location. 

Right now, GPS monitoring is legal in Utah in cases of a pre-trial release like bail, or in the case of a probation condition after sentencing. The team is working on legislation to expand GPS tracking to restraining order cases. 

Watch the full report above to meet the mother behind this technology; she tells the story of her daughter and how this app might have saved her life. 

If you feel this technology would help you or someone you know, contact AMP Probation

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