Harbor House of Central Florida today announced it won a $5,000 grant from the Institute of Medicine and the Avon Foundation for Women for increasing domestic violence awareness.
The application, built in 2011 by local app development firm Echo Interaction Group and funded by Florida Hospital, helps health professional screen patients for possible domestic violence and abuse.
The grant is part of the Ending Violence @ Home App Challenge. The R3 app won third place in a global competition that included submissions from nine countries. The other winners are listed at the Institute of Medicine website.
R3, which stands for recognize, respond, and refer, is based on the HITS (Hurt, Insulted, Threatened, Screamed) four-question survey given to patients who health-care professional suspect are victims of domestic violence and abuse.
That questionnaire was developed by Orange County Health Department Director Dr. Kevin Sherin.
The app also includes videos, best practices for health professionals, and useful links.