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A conversation between design and intimate partner violence

This PhD offers a critical engagement with design implications in the social structures that produce gender oppression and how design too might challenge these. The research explores this by focusing on intimate partner violence (IPV). IPV is the most common form of gender-based violence and includes all forms of violence and abuse experienced in private spaces (but not exclusively) in people’s households and from someone known to them. Applying design to IPV could help bring awareness of the issue, support recovery after experiencing abuse and more. However, when designing within these contexts, designers must account for the structural conditions of users' lives, as they may have safety, accountability, and political implications. Given this is a deeply complex context with no "one solution", what might we learn about design through developing a dialogue between design and intimate partner violence?

This research aims to develop a deeper understanding of the stakes and conditions of design working in this area. To do this, the doctoral study will be engaging with the practice-based knowledge of designers in the field of IPV, exploring who is behind the designs, how they are implementing/changing design practices, and what engagement looks like in their contexts. This research is interested in exploring what design engaging structurally in IPV looks like.

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  • London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP)