The Comic Relief Tech vs Abuse grants programme has opened, offering grants of £20,000 to £50,000.
The programme is based on a six month research project commissioned by Comic Relief in order to understand the potential opportunities, gaps and risks for technology in the context of domestic violence and abuse.
They found compelling insights into the potential for technology and online communications to enable people affected by domestic abuse to access the information they need to make their own choices and rebuild their independence safely and sustainably.
On the basis of this research, Comic Relief, together with the research team and in consultation with a number of organisations in the domestic abuse sector, have created five key design challenges. These have been prioritised on the basis that if addressed effectively and safely, these solutions would make the most immediate difference to people affected by domestic abuse. The design challenges are intended to inspire innovation in the design and delivery of services for people affected by domestic abuse, both online and offline.
The five key design challenges are:
Fifteen minute window
Provide or curate key information online for women experiencing domestic abuse in a way which is easy to find, simple to navigate and quick to interact with.
Effective real-time support services
Enable women to find and access services for support (including referrals) when required, day or night, seamlessly and with minimal logistical and emotional burden.
Provide people affected by domestic abuse and frontline professionals the confidence and knowledge they need to use technology and stay online safely, with full control over their online data, privacy settings and social media accounts.
Accessible legal and financial information
Create engaging, accessible and digestible information on the legal process or the financial situation women find themselves in, connecting to support and advice where relevant.
Realising it’s abuse
Use the creative opportunities of the web to raise awareness of what an abusive relationship looks like, provoking women and girls experiencing abuse to recognise this and get support.
More information here: http://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives/tech-vs-abuse