When SMS Becomes an SOS: Using Texting as a Serious ResourceThe texting platform has a unique ability to break down the psychological and physical barriers that prevent people from getting assistance. Texting provides victims with privacy and anonymity to those who might not otherwise seek help from formal resources. It’s easier to type feelings than to vocalize them to a stranger when dealing with subjects like sexual assault or abuse, depression, and suicide. Crisis experts contend that people who text crisis lines are in need of the same services as those calling hotlines: risk assessment, emotional validation, and collaborative problem solving.How will this impact the future of victims’ services? Nancy Lublin, founder of Crisis Text Line, stresses that texts provide real-time information that can reveal patterns—time, date, and geographical frequencies—for people in crisis. With this knowledge, counselors can better match people with the emergency services and local resources they need. At the legislative level, the aggregate data might even be used to influence public policy related to victims’ rights and victims’ services.The National Dating Abuse Helpline estimates that its text line, launched in 2011,currently accounts for about 20 percent of operations. As that number continues to grow, integration of mobile technologies will be key to supporting a victim-centric approach in our field. Crisis text lines such as Crisis Text Line, the National Dating Abuse Helpline, and Teen Line represent a fusion of technology and victims’ services that will allow advocates, providers, and first responders to continue expanding victim reach and better respond to people in crisis.
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Vulpes vulpes- The Red Fox.
I’m aware I’m not being particularly scientific with this one, except giving you the latin name of a fox…. but I REALLY like foxes.
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