Thanks for your response. I do feel that all those support groups don't really help the victims on a personal level. Families have a hard time trying to go back to a "normal" life, still scared and feeling some type of responsibility to their abuser, etc. I just really wanted to focus on getting the families or victims to reconnect with themselves, their family and friends. Domestic violence, or such trama in ones' life does not just effect the abused, but also effects all the people around them. Getting the victim to have faith in creating better relationships for themselves is one of my goals in tackling this topic.
This might be lame, but I actually came across this issue through my favorite artist Christina Aguilera. Her mother and she were also victims of abuse, and this is where I began to wonder about how design could help. In a positive note, I believe that if I approach this problem in a certain way, it could help all victims of different crimes, not just domestic violence.
Although I am set on working on this project, the other idea that I am really interested in is police or military personnel suicide. The fact that these individuals give their life to protect and serve the people, it seems unfair that they have to face certain life changing decisions that effect the way their life works. The work load and stress levels that occur from their jobs really effect their personal lives, and hurts them physically, mentally, and emotionally. I'm actually surprised that there is not a certain design, or even a good system, to detect and help these officers out of depression and thoughts of suicide. I'm a little torn between the two topics and might need some more opinions on deciding what could be more beneficial to those I am designing for.
Thank you again for your incite.