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Smartphone app designed to protect domestic violence victims

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A discreet smartphone app that can be activated when the user is in danger aspires to save lives from domestic violence.

And it's not just for victims of domestic violence -- it's for anyone who may face a questionable or dangerous situation.

Krystal Goodner is a local gospel radio personality and has found herself in several questionable situations.

That's because even when she's not on the air, she's in the public eye.

"Just making appearances and emceeing events," said Goodner.

So that gives her listeners and even strangers easy access to her.

"It was one of those moments where I had to call one of the males in the vicinity to come and help me," Goodner said about one frightening situation.

She says it happened at an event she was hosting in a local park.

"I had a lady come up to me and she was holding my arm really tight and telling me she had her own personal diary about me and told me the spirits were really proud of me -- so I was kind of scared at that time."

That's why Goodner is excited about the new smartphone app on the market.

"It looks like a normal app any person would use," said Robin McGraw, the wife of television host Dr. Phil McGraw.

Robin McGraw created the app, called ASPIRE, to protect victims of domestic violence.

"First, it is extremely important to always have your phone location service on," said Robin McGraw.

The app looks like a normal app on your screen.

"If you are in trouble and ready to send your distress signal, you click the 'go' button which is the title bar. Okay, this is what we're calling the title bar and you click that three times," McGraw demonstrated.

Once the title bar is activated, it will record audio of whatever is happening and send a pre-recorded message to selected trusted contacts.

"We're pretty excited, all my staff uses it because they go on night run calls to the hospital," said Marta Miranda, President and CEO of The Center of Women and Families.

Miranda says the app is a great tool for victims of domestic violence and very inconspicuous.

"We love that it streams music and news so that it doesn't really look like what it is."

Krystal Goodner is not a domestic violence victim, but plans to have the app on her phone before her next public appearance. 

"I think it's a wonderful thing for women in general, with me being a female, having to go to a lot of different places and sometimes walking to my car alone," said Goodner.

ASPIRE can be found in your smartphone's app store and it is a free download.

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