Applaud New App Helping Victims of Abuse

Target: President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff

Goal: Applaud government for developing an app to help Brazilian women combat violence against them

In 2005, Brazil’s government launched a hotline to help women fight back against the violence they see in everyday life. Just recently the concept was released as a mobile app named “Clique 180.” The app shows users the types of violence committed against women in a particular country, as well as the country’s legislation for each act, and also lists where victims can go for help. In a country with over 100 million smartphone users, this app cannot be valued highly enough. Brazil has faced intense violence against women for years and this app is on track to help fix this issue. Applaud Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and the Clique 180 team for developing a resourceful tool to help women across their country.

Ninety-two thousand women were killed in Brazil between 1980 and 2012. About 40 percent of Brazilian women have experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, while more than 50,000 rapes were reported in 2012 alone. Violence against women is running rampant across the country, a situation that desperately needs to be amended. Clique 180 began as a 24-hour hotline in 2005 and has since received three million phone calls from women inquiring about their rights, where and how to report crimes, and how to seek help.

The app, which was released a few months ago, is one of the most useful resources for women in Brazil. Free to download, it contains localized information about public services and non-governmental resources closest to the user. Hours of operation and directions are also provided within the app, making it clear how to get help immediately. The app also includes a button to dial the hotline directly and speak with a trained employee.

Given that roughly 50 percent of Brazilians own a smartphone, an app is one of the smartest way to help inform women about their rights and get them the aid they need. Abuse and violence can easily become an everyday experience for these women and having an app or a hotline to help guide them through the process of getting out is absolutely crucial. Thank President Rousseff and the team behind Clique 180 for their ingenious work and dedication to women’s rights.


Dear President Rousseff,

I recently learned about the launch of Clique 180, an app designed to help women report crimes against them and serve as a guide to get out of abusive situations. As I am sure you are aware, 92,000 women were killed in Brazil over the span of just 22 years. This help hotline and app are clearly a necessity for every woman in Brazil.

The app contains localized information about how to get help and where to report crimes. This intelligent design makes it easy for each woman to get out of terrible situations and begin a better life. Thank you for launching this crucial campaign and app.


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