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Circle of 6 app helps friends to stay close, stay safe, and prevent violence before it happens.

The innovative mobile app takes advantage of GPS mapping, group SMS messaging, and pre-programmed resource hotlines to help people keep themselves and their friends safe. With Circle of 6, you choose six close friends or relatives who you can instantly text when you are feeling unsafe. It also can quickly dial emergency services if things go bad.

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Circle of 6 is a mobile app which with two touches lets your circle know where you are and how they can help. Icons represent actions so that no one can tell what you’re up to. It's a great solution if you are in immediate danger or under threat and need to remove yourself from the situation.

After the devastating gang rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi, Circle of 6 downloads rose sharply. They were motivated to act quickly, and made the decision to localize the app for people living in New Delhi.

Circle of 6 – New Delhi is programmed for use in both English and Hindi, including a specific translation note for the Hindi that makes the app gender-neutral to ensure that the app speaks to people of all genders and orientations. Hotlines are now pre-programmed for the recently formed 24/7 women’s hotline of New Delhi and the Jagori advocacy helpline. As a suggested third number, the user is directed to the Lawyer’s Collective if calling the police feels unsafe, which for many women it does.



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