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Holly Guard App

Holly Guard App

In 2014 Hollie Gazzard was tragically murdered by her boyfriend after months of obsessive behaviour, jealousy and harassment. Following her death, Hollie’s family and the Hollie Gazzard Trust developed the Hollie Guard app which turns smartphones into enhances personal safety devices. 

The Hollie Guard app is free to download and readily available for all genders and ages. Although the app was initially designed to support victims of domestic abuse/violence, Hollie Guard can be used by anyone looking for extra protection. 

How does holly guard work? 

  • By simply holding down the hexagon button for 3-6 seconds, this sets off an alert and activates the phone’s camera, sending a message and recording to the pre-defined emergency contacts. 
  • The report feature allows users to quickly and easily record an incident with supporting photo evidence that is automatically categorised, time stamped and geo tagged. 
  • Stealth mode allows you to raise an alert silently while displaying a default home screen that would look inconspicuous to the attacker, thereby giving the impression that no alarm has been triggered. This feature is useful in certain situations in which raising an alert could increase the risk of harm. 
  • The meeting timer allows users to feel safe when going into a potentially dangerous meeting or performing a dangerous task. A user set timer will countdown until deactivated meaning the user has to mark themselves as safe, otherwise raising an alert. 
  • Journey allows users to set a start and end point. The app automatically monitors your journey and alerts your nominated contacts once you safely arrive or trigger an alert. 
  • If someone’s repeatedly behaving in a way towards you that’s making you feel scared, distressed or threatened, then you may be a victim of stalking or harassment. Find out more on the relevant links.

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    How do I report harassment?

    Staffordshire Police – If you, or someone you know, has been a victim of stalking or harassment there are a few different ways you can report it to the police.

    StreetSafe – to anonymously report public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, e.g. street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, e.g. being followed or verbally abused.

    British Transport Police – The free Railway Guardian app helps you report crime to British Transport Police and provides information on what to do if you see sexual harassment on trains or at stations.


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