If you had to make a list of all the problems that we should be more concerned about on a daily basis, both as individuals and as a society, domestic violence would unquestionably be right at the top.

According to the recently released National Statistics on Domestic Violence Fact Sheet, nearly 20 people per minute, on average, are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. By the time you finish reading this paragraph, another 20 people will have become victims. To put that into a little bit of perspective, that equates to roughly 10 million women and men around the country who are subjected to domestic violence annually.

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The same study also revealed that nearly one out of every four women and one out of every nine men experience some type of severe physical violence from an intimate partner. This can include but is not limited to things like sexual violence, stalking injury, and even associated issues like fearfulness, the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, and the development of post-traumatic stress disorder.

All of this is to say that domestic violence is an incredibly serious issue that we all need to work hard to address, both in the United States and around the world. Any step that we can take to put a stop to this — or at the very least, help people mitigate that risk — is one that is more than worth taking.

Thankfully, as is true in so many different cases, modern technology may hold part of the answer to this situation. Right now, GPS tracker technology is being used to help curb domestic violence in a wide range of different ways that are certainly worth exploring.

Can a GPS Tracker Curb Domestic Violence?

To get a better understanding of how all this works, you must first learn more about how these types of situations usually play out. Experts agree that a lot of domestic violence (and killing) situations are often preceded by warning signs. These can include but are not limited to things like threats, a series of escalating offenses and more. Oftentimes, when victims seek help from protective services, this backfires. More often than not, a victim will seek out a restraining order on the offender. The problem is that as many as two-thirds of these restraining orders are usually violated. They are notoriously difficult to impose and are hard to enforce when the police are already stretched so thin as it is.

In other words, it’s easy to tell someone not to do something — it’s harder to make sure they actually follow those restrictions.

Luckily, that’s where a GPS tracker will come in handy — but not in the way you might think. Instead of giving a GPS tracker to the victim, some areas (like Australia) are imposing them on perpetrators instead. In 2010, for example, Connecticut began monitoring 168 different high-risk domestic violence offenders with this type of GPS tracking technology. During that period, none of them re-offended — largely because they knew they were being watched.

If they broke the conditions of their restraining order, the police would know about it immediately. More than that, law enforcement would have irrefutable proof that something was up. When the stakes are that high and the cards are that stacked against you, most people don’t push the situation further — to the benefit of domestic violence victims everywhere.

Gone are the days when GPS trackers are only used to get you from home to work in the most efficient way possible. These days, they’re being used for just about everything you can think of — including curbing dangerous and even potentially fatal domestic violence situations around the globe. These types of efforts are only just beginning in many locations, but one thing is for sure — this is one technological advancement that couldn’t have come along at a better moment in history.