My two topics of interest revolve around the outcome and process of healing and therapy for those who are victims of domestic violence, and the various problems that are results of stress from being a police officer.
The Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA) Mission Statement: “Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance was established as a volunteer peer support network whose commitment is exclusively dedicated to providing a confidential, safe and supportive environment for police officers and their families. In doing so the POPPA Organization facilitates families and individuals in coping more effectively with the multitude of stresses experienced during the course of their law enforcement profession. We are dedicated to the prevention and reduction of martial problems, substance abuse, suicide, as well as existing psychological disorders among our officers and their families. The POPPA program is designed to reduce the existing gap between the access and the availability of necessary support services which includes the utilization of a professional mental health network.” -http://www.poppainc.com/
POPPA would be a good group to work with because they provide help in the direction in which I would love to design for. Their connections with the professional mental health network could open up different opportunities in learning, understanding, and bringing into the project more therapy oriented information which may be needed to help reduce the typical problems that result from stress of being an officer.
The St. Luke's- Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center Mission statement: “Established in 1977, the Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC) of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital is now the largest and most comprehensive hospital-based victim assistance program in New York State. CVTC has provided a model for other health care institutions in the United States and around the world in the respectful treatment of survivors of family and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and other forms of violence and crime. Our mission is to empower survivors of violence through:
- TREATMENT: providing compassionate clinical and supportive services which are accessible to victims of crime and to their loved ones without regard to residence or ability to pay.
- COLLABORATION: developing innovative collaborations in order to expand resources and options, bridge service gaps, and promote integrated responses to the needs of crime victims.
- EDUCATION: providing trainings on violence prevention and effective treatment of survivors of violence to schools, law enforcement, other health care professionals and the community at large.
- RESEARCH: developing and implementing research initiatives to increase understanding of the complex social and psychological consequences of violence for victims and for society and to identify best practice models.” -http://www.cvtc-slr.org/
I feel that collaborating with St. Luke's would be beneficial for both me and the center. They are looking for various options that could help in the healing of the victims. The amount of victims that the center works with, their experience and various stories could open up many different design topics regarding therapy and help for the victims. I could walk a mile in the center's shoes, see what they see, experience what they feel and know, by lending a hand in volunteer work to understand what the situations of victims' are really like.
The Urban Justice Center Mission statement: "The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. We assist our clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to helping individual access housing and government assistance, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change.
The UJC is composed of nine distinct Projects. The Projects are part of a unique organizational structure intended to foster creativity, excellence and ultimately meaningful results. The system requires the Project Directors to raise their own budgets in exchange for the freedom to direct and operate their Project as they see fit. The extraordinary level of autonomy has led to an unparalleled sense of ownership, translating to heightened motivation, risk taking, visionary thinking and general excellence.
The UJC represents an extraordinary array of the most deprived and abused people in our society, including members of the working poor, and issues related to discrimination and oppression. We often defend the rights of people who are overlooked or turned away by other organizations. The Urban Justice Center reaches a wide-ranging client base through the following Projects: -Community Development Projects -Domestic Violence Project -Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project -Human Rights Project -Mental Health Project -Peter Cicchino Youth Project -Sex Workers Project -Street Vendor Project -Veterans & Service members Project -http://www.urbanjustice.org/ujc/about/hub.html
The Urban Justice Organization is one of many women centers in the city. They help bring together those who need help, and do what they can to provide aid for those who are affected by different problems such as the abused, poor, discriminated etc. Like the other two groups, I believe that there are lots to learn from the NFP groups.