The Hollie Gazzard Trust is a Gloucestershire based charity that was created by Nick Gazzard following the murder of his 20-year-old daughter Hollie in 2014. Hollie had experienced domestic abuse and stalking prior to being fatally stabbed at her place of work by an ex-partner.

The Trust delivers programmes in schools, colleges, to businesses and other organisations to help build individual and community resilience to domestic abuse. In 2015, the Trust launched Hollie Guard; a free app named after Hollie which turns your smartphone into an advanced personal safety device.

Hollie Guard is suitable for us all to use to stay safe. If in danger simply shake or tap your phone to generate an alert, your location, audio and video evidence of the incident will automatically be sent to your emergency contact via text and email.

In response to feedback, the Trust has recently updated Hollie Guard with improved functionality and operational efficiency, including in-app registration and a new report facility.

The Trust is also able to offer a paid 24/7 paid monitoring service, Hollie Guard Extra. This additional service offers the confidence and reassurance that someone will always be there should you need it, especially important at the current time given the isolation some may feel while social distancing measures are in place.

The Trust delivers programmes in schools, colleges, to businesses and other organisations to help build individual and community resilience to domestic abuse. In 2015, the Trust launched Hollie Guard; a free app named after Hollie which turns your smartphone into an advanced personal safety device.

Hollie Guard is suitable for us all to use to stay safe. If in danger simply shake or tap your phone to generate an alert, your location, audio and video evidence of the incident will automatically be sent to your emergency contact via text and email.

In response to feedback, the Trust has recently updated Hollie Guard with improved functionality and operational efficiency, including in-app registration and a new report facility.

The Trust is also able to offer a paid 24/7 paid monitoring service, Hollie Guard Extra. This additional service offers the confidence and reassurance that someone will always be there should you need it, especially important at the current time given the isolation some may feel while social distancing measures are in place.

“Working with Panic Guard to deliver Hollie Guard has been fantastic. Not only are they forward thinking, innovative and professional, but they genuinely care about helping people and our charity. Hollie Guard has gone from strength to strength and now it is a fundamental part of the offering for the trust. We cannot thank them enough and we look forward to continuing to work with them going forward.”

Nick Gazzard – Hollie Guard

From feedback received from users of the app, the Trust understand the people who benefit from using the app are from all backgrounds.

For example, when the universities and schools go back in September/October there is a huge surge in people downloading the app. From this it is anticipated that many people who have downloaded the app and who use it are teenagers and young adults.

The app is also recommended by many police forces to victims of domestic abuse and stalking. There is information on the Trust’s website about how TV News Presenter Alex Lovell used and benefited from Hollie Guard when experiencing a very distressing stalking situation –

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Nick Gazzard said:

“Many victims of domestic abuse and stalking play down the level of danger they are in or might not even realise it. Hollie Guard Extra gives confidence and reassurance that someone will always be there should you need it, especially with social distancing measures in place.’’ 

The Trust have received feedback from someone that their teenage son used Hollie Guard when they were stopped by other youngsters who tried to steal his phone. He shook his phone, explained that he had Hollie Guard and they were being filmed and the would-be thieves cycled off quickly. His dad had persuaded him to download the app because he had heard about Hollie’s story.

Another example of someone who has benefitted from the app is a teenage Gloucestershire girl. She had a stalker, her Dad advised her to download Hollie Guard to keep her safe whilst travelling to and from school via a public bus. Unfortunately, one day she had to use Hollie Guard. The man in question stepped on the bus, sat behind her and was saying obscenities to her, she activated Hollie Guard, recorded everything, alerted her Dad, who left work and met her at the bus stop.