Re-focus: New app aims to assist women

A NEW smartphone app is putting power back into the hands of vulnerable Queensland women.

Re-focus is a free interactive application for women who have separated or are thinking of separating from their partner.

Developed by the Queensland-based Women's Legal Service, it provides a wealth of valuable legal information and welfare advice on issues such as domestic violence, arrangements for children, financial and property matters and safe accommodation.

Women's Legal Service lawyer Angela Lynch said Re-focus was designed to ease the difficulties many women faced due to challenges relating to childcare, disability or remote location.

She said it would act as a crucial early intervention strategy.

"If women can get good legal advice and information early on in their matters it can really change the trajectory of their case," Ms Lynch said.

"With some women it will be enough for them to get this legal information and then they'll go off to a lawyer themselves.

"For other women it will act as an invitation for them to contact us."

Ms Lynch feels that Re-focus will also have flow-on benefits for children.

"If women can be made safe then their children can be made safe," she said.

"So this can also act as a reminder to the community that the safety of women and the safety of children are strongly linked."


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