- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - University of Dayton researchers are using a federal grant to develop a smartphone app to make it easier for crime victims to access support services.

The university is teaming up with Family Services of Dayton to develop an app that will allow crime victims to quickly connect with local law enforcement, medical services, counselors, financial resources and other support organizations.

The Dayton Daily News (https://bit.ly/1riHgWg ) reports the project is being funded with a $238,000 Vision 21 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Vision 21 is a federal initiative to reform crime victim services in America.

The app will initially be marketed toward victims of crime in the Dayton area, but officials hope to extend the service to all of southwest Ohio and, eventually, to the nation.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, https://www.daytondailynews.com

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