Domestic Violence and Sexual assault are very devastating crimes. As many of those who are victims, only a short number of those are able to report the crime and receive the help and support they need. In working with this project, and collaborating with few different non profits such as St. Luke's Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center, and the New York City Police Department, I believe that product design can be used to help those victims in therapy reconnect with themselves, family, and friends. As many victims withdraw, within my designs, I hope to create an innovative product in which victims would use during therapy to help them open up or feel a sense of security. Although the age group or sex has not been determined for the target users, I feel that product design can help make a difference in the process of victims coping with the various forms of abuse.
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Hi Emily, I have been following your postings with interest, and I am encouraged that you are doing a lot of good research and thinking about this important subject. But I still don't know what you have in mind to work on specifically, and I want to urge you to make some concrete decisions and get onto the next steps in the process. It appears that you are leaning towards developing some tools that could be used in the course of therapy for either perpetrators or victims of domestic violence by law enforcements officers. Is this correct? If so, you may want to start talking with professionals who provide services to these individuals. I have a friend who is an art therapist in Seattle, and she said that she would be happy to speak with your about this. she also said that there is an excellent art therapy program at NYU, where you could find lots of knowledgeable people who would probably be happy to help. Maybe you should put together five carefully constructed questions and send them out to 15 people with knowledge on this topic, with the hope of getting some useful feedback. That might help you to get some answers and ideas, while also satisfying the requirement for the latest assignment for the Design Research component of the thesis. Actually, I would really be grateful if you would do this, because then I could use your questionnaire and recipients list as an example for the rest of the class; I'm afraid that people really don't understand the assignment, or why this kind of random emailing is actually a very effective way to find out about various subjects.
Let me know if you want contact info for the Art Therapist. steven
Posted October 16, 2008
By steven landau
Thank you so much for your offer. I have actually set up two different sets of five questions to send out to different therapists. I would love to contact your art therapist friend and ask her some of my questions.
My project is regarding domestic violence and sexual abuse survivors undergoing therapy. It doesn't really have anything to do with the perps or law enforcements. The law enforecements I mentioned in my mission statement was regarding questions about what situations are like when answering domestic violence or sexual abuse calls. My project is more involved with the healing process of the victims. Honestly I don't know what would be a great solution to this situation. I have a couple ideas that are still in beginning stages and I am not sure where it will lead yet. So far I'm more focused on the research. Anyway, I have two sets of questions. I was planning on searching for children therapists and mail them one set, which was set up specifically for them, and the second set for adult therapist. There are lots of questions that I want answered in understanding my target users or the people involved in the project topic.
Thank you for your interest. I am still searching for good people to email to, I am a little scared that my questions might hitting some level of confidentiality. But I would love to send my questions to your friend and perhaps ask her some questions if that would be okay.
Posted October 17, 2008
By Emily Kim
In response to Domestic Violence and Therapy, posted by Emily Kim,
in the thread The Mission Statement
OK, Emily, her name is Mineko Takada, and she lives in Seattle. Her email is: email@example.com. I mentioned that one of my students might get in touch.
I really like the way you have designed this experiment. You might be interested to know that there is a whole discipline called survey methodology that deals with the design of questionnaires. This picture shows several survey methodologists from the 1950's conferring. I think that the trick to designing a good survey instrument is to choose questions that will be very easy for the lazy person to answer, but then provide space for elaboration by more forthcoming respondents. You also have to hook them with an interesting subject line (as someone mentioned in class), and be very humble and nice.
It sounds like you have your questions together, and you are doing exactly what I want everybody to do, so would you mind doing it quick (like, by Sunday), and then sending me your questions and your list of people so that I can post them as an example? If you don't want me to, that's fine, too. steven
Posted October 17, 2008
By steven landau