Last week, we had our design bootcamp where we learned about the human-centered design process through workshops. The problem space we used was women in STEM and we went through the design process as a team: researching about the issue, interviewing professional women in STEM careers and from Girls Engineering Change, synthesizing our insights, ideating, and then prototyping.
It was a great experience through which our team members were able to work together in a relatively quick, miniature design project. Besides learning about the design process, we were also able to better understand each other and see how we can build off of each other as a team to create something amazing together.
Energized from the bootcamp, we met over the weekend and selected our problem space. After discussing our ideas, we chose the problem space of domestic violence and abuse because we feel that it is a serious and widespread but not often addressed topic that would be daring, feasible, and applicable here in Durham.
We’re currently in the process of doing secondary research about the complexities of the space and identifying people and organizations to learn more about the topic. After our first round of research, we identified areas that each member will research further in depth (e.g. the psychological stages of abuse that victims go through; the various types of abuse such as emotional, financial, digital, physical, and sexual; statistics and statutes in our local area), as well as people on campus and in the community to reach out to for interviews.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence from an intimate partner.
Domestic violence is a massive and horrifying issue in America. We intend to design something that will address these chilling statistics in some way – be it for victims themselves, or for those who provide support services for victims of domestic violence.