Circle of 6

A Free App that Prevents Violence Before it Happens

**Winner of the White House-HHS “Apps Against Abuse Technology Challenge” **

** Winner of the Institute of Medicine / Avon Foundation for Women “End Violence @Home” Challenge **

What is Circle of 6?

At the University of Houston System, we are all about looking out for one another. One easy way is through the Circle of 6 U app.

Originally designed for college students to prevent sexual violence, the Circle of 6 U app allows you to connect with 6 of your trusted friends to add to your circle by staying close, staying safe and preventing violence before it happens!

If you get into an uncomfortable or risky situation, use the Circle of 6 app to automatically send your circle a pre-programmed SMS alert message, with your exact location.

It’s quick. It’s discreet. Two taps on your phone is all it takes. It’s the mobile way to look out for your friends whether you’re on or off campus.

How you get it: 

  • Go to the Itunes or Android Store and download Circle of 6 U.
  • Once you do, open the app and an option will appear for you to add one number that is not already in your contacts. Most people add a 24 hour emergency hotline number just in case they need it.

Consider these numbers:

Houston 24-Hour Crisis Hotline

Houston Domestic Violence Hotline

Houston Sexual Assault Hotline

  • Toll Free 800.256.0661
  • Local 713.528.RAPE (7273)
  • TTY/TDD 713.528.3691
    • Add the university you attend within the University of Houston System. (By choosing your university you will have specific resources such as your campus Title IX Coordinator’s information automatically programmed in the app.)
    • Then press “+” to add up to 6 people from your contacts to join your circle. Choose good friends or any trusted adult.

How it works:

  • You’re out late and you lose track of your friends. Use Circle of 6 to send your circle a “come and get me” message – with a map using GPS to show your precise location.
  • You’re on a date that starts to get uncomfortable. You need a polite way to excuse yourself. Use Circle of 6 to alert your circle to call you and interrupt the situation.
  • You’re seeing someone new, but you have some doubts about how things are going. Use Circle of 6 to access a wealth of online information about healthy relationships.
  • In critical situations, use Circle of 6 to call two pre-programmed national hotlines or a local emergency number of your choice.

Now you’re set!