A new website developed by a team led by a Western University researcher will help women in abusive relationships determine the threat they are under and offer personalized suggestions to help them.
Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, a nursing professor and the university’s women’s health research chair in rural health, was one of three leaders at three universities who developed the website, called iCAN Plan 4 Safety, and tested it in a study involving more than 450 women experiencing violence by their partner.
“It’s the first interactive, online health and safety resource of its kind for Canadian women, specifically,” Ford-Gilboe said.
The website asks women a series of questions to help them determine the risks in their relationships and provides suggestions based on their circumstances along with links and contact information for agencies that can help.
The website — expected to go live this summer — is intended to complement existing services such as shelters and agencies that provide counselling, Ford-Gilboe said.