In recent years, mobile applications for both the police and victims have been developed in several countries to address gender-based violence (GBV). Most have fallen under four categories: emergency assistance, reporting, mapping of incidents, and educational. At the same time, police reforms are beginning to address GBV in various ways, such as through the establishment of gender response units and the recruitment of women in the police. Based on fieldwork conducted in a total of 11 case countries spanning four continents, this brief by Dr. Ingrid Nyborg, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Katarzyna Struzińska, Jagiellonian University, Poland considers the constraints and possibilities of using technology to address GBV in community-based policing (COP) in post-conflict contexts.
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