Calling for help: Domestic Violence

How can women use a form of contact to get help when in a domestic violence situation?

Grace Langer, Liam Jaeger, Mischa Watson, Bella Fleming and Ethan Clark

Domestic violence: the domination, coercion, intimidation and victimization of one person by another by physical, sexual or emotional means within intimate relationships.

Violence: Violence is “the use of physical force so as to injure, abuse, damage, or destroy”

Abuse: treat with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly.

Gender inequality: is the social process by which men and women are not treated as equals

Sexism: prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.

Incorrect use of power

What exactly needs to be solved?

Domestic violence is a massively occurring issue that happens all over the world. It is something that is destroying the physical and mental wellbeing of women. We need to solve this issue or at least minimize the problem all around the world. The least we can do to help educate people around the world, women, and men, about what you can do to stop or help yourself if you get stuck in a domestic violence situation.

What needs to be changed?

We need to change people’s knowledge about the situation. So many people are so oblivious to this issue and have no idea how to help themselves or other people who get caught up in this type of situation. If we can educate the people around us, it will dramatically help improve domestic violence situations.

How does this problem help people in the community?

Domestic violence impacts a community in surprising ways. Children witnessing violence committed against their parents can find it difficult to trust adults in the future. It compromises their attachment to the person that should love and protect them, weakening the family unit. Domestic violence can affect a family’s bond. This can also cause issues in the child’s future as they believe it is normal and could cause so many issues for their family’s future too.

How do we provide women in a domestic violence situation with a mobile phone to call for help? Or how can she call for help?

We provide women in a domestic violence situation with a mobile phone to call for help as using a mobile phone they can get themselves out of any situation. There are so many people we can reach out to on a mobile phone. This includes family, friends, and services such as the police, ambulance. There are hotlines that women can call if they are stuck in this situation, although the majority of the time, the woman does not have a phone with them to call for help. This is why we need to develop other solutions that will be easier and safer for women to use, rather than having to worry about having a phone and putting themselves in danger of getting caught with the phone.

The Black Dot Campaign

The idea behind the Black Dot campaign is that victims of domestic violence can draw a black dot on their hand as a silent signal. Once it becomes widely enough understood, people who see the dot on their friends’ hands can approach them and have a conversation about abuse or get help. The black dot campaign is a way for women in domestic violence situations to get help without having to say anything to an ambulance or police officer. This strategy can really help a person in an abusive relationship in person rather than over the phone.

The Black Dot Campaign was founded as a way for victims of domestic abuse to silently signal another person- perhaps a family member or friend- that they are being abused.

How does domestic violence affect women?

Domestic violence is a major contributor to the ill health of women. It has serious consequences on women’s mental and physical health, including their reproductive and sexual health. These include injuries, temporary or permanent disabilities, depression, and suicide, amongst other

The most common age when intimate partner violence is first experienced by women is age 18-24, followed by age 11-17, age 35-44, and age 45+ 

Helplines:

1800 Respect

1800 737 732

This 24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counseling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

Women and girls constitute the majority of reported victims of family and sexual violence to Victoria Police. 77% of reported family violence victims and 89.09% of reported rape victims are women and girls.

Statistics:

1 in 4 women will experience physical violence by their intimate partner at some point during their lifetimes.

One in 6 women have experienced stalking during their lifetimes. The majority are stalked by someone they know. An intimate partner stalks about 6 in 10 female victims and 4 in 10 male victims.

At least 5 million acts of domestic violence occur annually to women aged 18 years and older, with over 3 million involving men. While most events are minor, for example grabbing, shoving, pushing, slapping, and hitting, serious and sometimes fatal injuries do occur.

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/family-and-domestic-violence/what-family-and-domestic-violence

Knowledge and information

What happens with people involved in domestic violence?

These include jail time, domestic violence counselling, fines, various fees, probation, and the issuance of a protective order. Additionally, the defendant will likely lose his or her Second Amendment rights and be required to forfeit all firearms. There may be custody issues involving his or her children.

Risk factors for domestic violence

  • Alcohol and drug use. 
  • Child abuse. 
  • Pregnancy and separation. 
  • Attitudes to violence against women. 
  • Younger women. 
  • Women living in rural and remote areas. 
  • Women with disabilities.

How is this solved in different countries?

Nepal: If a female victim of domestic violence visits a hospital in Nepal, the doctors take the patient to a separate wing of the hospital where they can speak to a counselor and have a female police officer present at all times to make them feel safe. 

New Zealand is the country with the highest domestic violence rate

Studies show that New Zealand has the highest rate of reported intimate partner violence in the developed world.

Solution product: 

We have created a ring that will help a person in a domestic violence situation. This ring has the ability to contact a domestic violence helpline in the police department and will send them your location which will help notify them that you need help immediately.

We chose this ring to be our solution as we feel it is a small item that doesn’t stand out and is a cheap and easy way to contact services without making it obvious.

The ring is glass and aluminum material and looks like a completely normal ring. It is different although it has an inbuilt button that if held down for 3 seconds, it calls the police and sends them your location.

When notifying police, it comes upon a specific screen so they know exactly what’s going on and come prepared to deal with the situation so that they can help.

We believe this can be a lifesaver for so many women around the world. It is cheap, secretive and will be a perfect way to help so many women when they’re stuck in a situation they are struggling to escape from.

We think the product could solve so many people’s situations in domestic violence so if we can spread the word and make this product work and get into the market, we think that domestic violence as a whole will be minimised by a dramatic amount.

This looks like a normal ring. The difference between this ring and other rings is that the blue gem on the top is actually a contact device that if held down for 3 seconds, immediately calls emergency services and sends them your location, so they can immediately come and help you.

The cost of this ring will be $170. It is this price because we feel it is affordable enough for most people to buy, but isn’t too cheap or too expensive. If its too cheap, people will misuse it and mistreat it and underestimate its power, although it isn’t too expensive to the point where people refuse to buy it.