Inspiration

1 in 4 women. 1 in 9 men. 1 in 15 children. These are the amounts of people who have suffered from domestic abuse. I created Refuge because I wanted to empower the ones who suffered and help them. They deserve a loving relationship and home. I tried to make Refuge all in one site where they could get all the help they need to move on. I wanted to challenge myself to create something for the good of all and to create better lives.

What it does

Refuge can determine your situation and the best possible steps to take, find nearby centers for help, and immediately contact the authorities discreetly. It is made to be a safe and simple way to get immediate help and to learn more about domestic violence. The features include the survey, a simple quiz to determine whether you are in a safe place and what to do. It also includes a contact page disguised as a pizza ordering website in case of the abuser is still in the room. To contact you just press the order now button. The final feature is a map with many hospitals, therapy centers, and domestic violence centers listed to find ones near you. One way that Refuge keeps you safe while doing all this is that it includes many hide buttons, that take you straight to another page in case of emergency. To make sure you stay safe.

How we built it

I built the website from scratch using languages like HTML, CSS, JS, and PHP. I made the map using google maps and got my research from websites listed on the About Page.

Challenges we ran into

The hardest part about building Refuge was the survey, it was one of my first times using a database, and it was difficult. I had trouble with connecting the database and my code, I also had trouble with the creating of the database itself. Another thing I had trouble with was the animations because I rarely work with JS, so that was a challenge. I am super proud of how they turned out in the end.

What's next for Refuge

In the future, I hope to expand Refuge by partnering up with hotlines and creating a mobile app for Refuge that would be even more convenient than the website.

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