Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence

Health & Wellness

Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence looked at how to get victims of relationship violence and rape to take the first step and utilize the resources that are currently offered to help them.


Wangyuqiao Duan, Isabella Starvaggi, Carolyn Chheath, Ida Chow

Community Partner



Spring 2016

Final Design

Human-Centered Design Process


define target problem spaces

How Can We's that define problem spaces to research

  • How to make it easier for victims to access resources that might be helpful?
  • How to help people recognize sexual assault that happened to them (eg. most of assaults are from familiar people)?
  • How can we help people better protect themselves from sexual assault?(eg.take free RAD class)?
  • How can we make more people be aware of the grave influence of conducting sexual assault?

Initial knowledge and assumptions

Large Problem:

  • Sexual assault and relationship violence happens.
Smaller Problem Space:
  • Pervasive rape culture does nothing to stop SARV and in times can actually worsen situations.
Even Smaller Problem Space:
  • Casual use of the word “rape” or other words of sexual violence instigates an atmosphere where sexual violence is normalized due to how we (especially as a campus) see the issue of SARV -- influencing both potential perpetrators and victims.


understand your problem spaces

Key insights from additional research

  • On average, more than 10 million men and women are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 9 men have been raped in their lifetime.
  • Women between the ages of 16 – 24 experience the highest rate of relationship violence.
  • 1 in 6 women has been sexually assaulted in a dating relationship.
  • 57% of college students find it difficult to identify dating abuse and 58% do not know how to help someone experiencing it.