Kulpa is a smartphone app that lets victims record evidence themselves. While this helpful resource exists we would always advise attending a SARC, even if you have not reported to the police. At Millfield House you will be supported by specially trained nurses and crisis workers and access to a range of services including;
24/7 immediate Support.
Sexual Health Support.
Specialist information and advice.
Support through forensic examination and interviews.
Sexual Violence specialists.
External referrals to ongoing support.
We can store evidence for up to 2 years giving you the breathing space to recover and access additional support.
About the app: Kulpa empowers victims of crime, abuse and sexual assault to record and safely store legally-admissible evidence until they feel ready to go to the police. Importantly, when they are ready, at the tap of a few buttons, the local police will receive a full report of evidence. Officers also have the ability to request more information/detail from the victim, leading them towards swift, positive action to prosecute the offender and safeguard the victim and wider community.
The app is accredited and completely global. Victims, witnesses, friends, relatives, support workers, police officers and medical professionals can all use the app to contribute to cases.
Within the app is a Support Services page, which is shown to a user based on region. Kulpa has been used successfully in the south, particularly Jersey in the Channel Islands, and provides users with links to services based on region. Wherever people start using the app, they will be signposted towards support networks available to them.
Not only do survivors who have reported offences through the app get shown the local services to access support, if they start recording evidence but don’t report it to the police, they get a notification reminding them that help is available and directing them to the relevant services.
Crucially, with Kulpa, any and all evidence – whether that be scaled photos of injuries, CCTV footage, medical reports, voice notes or other supporting documents – is completely verifiable and evidentially admissible given the meta data gathered through the app.
For those in situations of domestic abuse, the app can be stored on a friend, relative or supporter’s device. Alternatively, if the app is deleted from a device, the data is not lost. It can only be deleted from within the app, which is protected by a personal pin & two-step verification.