Brazil: GPS-based Panic Buttons will be used for controlling domestic violence in Brazil. The concept is being tested in the city of Vitoria.
Domestic violence is a big problem in Brazil. The country ranks seventh out of 84 countries in number of murdered women. The city of Vitoria plans to hand out GPS-based Panic Buttons to the victims who have obtained court-issued restraining orders against their abusers. The GPS-device will send an alert to the police as soon as a woman presses the button. “The worst aggression happens behind closed doors. The Panic Button will keep the abusers away,” said Welington da Costa Ribeiro, Vitoria Municipal Secretary of Urban Security.