Methods: We collaborated with the School of Information Sciences faculty and students in building the HELPP Zone (Health, Education on safety, and Legal Participant Preferred) app. In building the HELPP Zone App, we addressed the fundamental paradigm of Diffusion of Disruptive Innovations (DDI) as evidence-based theoretical framework. A DDI is defined as a deliberately and intentionally developed product that functions as a disruptive innovative tool. The HELPP Zone app was designed as a simple product that enters the transformative service arena as a common activity. The HELPP Zone app is free and currently available for Android as an inexpensive and more widespread platform.
Results: We will seek resources to field test the app for its feasibility and effectiveness in reducing or disrupting IPV. A prototype of the HELPP Zone app is available.
Conclusions: The app was designed as a simple product that enters the transformative service arena as a common activity. If t offers a convenient service that enhances users’ capacity to recognize, respond, and prevent or stop RV through just-in-time communication, educational resources, and intervention from pre-set trusted contacts and is found to be feasible and effective, we will disseminate the app into a diverse population of users first regionally, then nationally and internationally.