ASK DC

ASK (Assault. Services. Knowledge.) DC is a District-wide initiative bringing together victim service providers, public officials, military personnel, the medical community, law enforcement, violence prevention experts, universities and advocates throughout the community to offer sexual assault response resources for victims of violence.The initiative centers on the launch of a new resource, the ASK DC app, a free, first-of-its-kind mobile application and website that combines 33 support resources available to victims of sexual assault and dating/domestic violence in the D.C. area in one, easily accessible place. The ASK DC app is not just for assault victims; the bystander tools and resources provided can be used by anyone to direct a friend, family member or a colleague who may have experienced sexual assault to the help they need.

The ASK DC app contains a variety of resources for victims of sexual assault and dating/domestic
violence, including:
o Talk with Someone – Connects users with medical professionals, sexual assault support advocates, counselors and local police, all available to provide 24/7 support.
o Get Help in the City – Includes contact information for all the follow up services available to victims in D.C., from legal services to counseling and reporting resources for victims and their friends, including the deaf and hard-of-hearing, military personnel, college students, Spanish speakers and speakers of 26 different Asian languages.
o Get an Advocate – Instantly connects users to the Network for Victim Recovery DC who will send a confidential advocate to meet victims at the hospital and assist them with every step of the exam, reporting and recovery process.
o Get Medical Help – Includes directions by car and public transit, as well as options for taxis and free transportation to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The app also gives advice on what to expect in a forensic exam, do’s and don’ts, tips for friends and bystanders on how to support victims and more.

The ASK DC app is free and available for download in the iTunes App Store, Google Play Store, or Blackberry Appworld. Resources can also be accessed online at www.askdc.org. The app is 100% confidential with no identifying information collected, shared or stored.

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