This pivot idea is a partnership between Human Experience Systems, LLC (“HXS”) and Rutgers University Center on Violence Against Women and Children (“the Center”).
For the past 2 years, HXS has been working on designing a web-based mental health resource called "ReflectDeck", which was finally rushed to launch in beta form in March, the beginning of the COVID epidemic. ReflectDeck focuses on short-form content compiled into “decks”, delivered in a graphically engaging swipeable format similar to social media.
We realized that the design and format of the existing mental health "information decks" could quickly be adapted to other content, and reached out to the Center about the possibilities of utilizing ReflectDeck for this pivot challenge.
The Center's mission is to address instances of violence against women and children while tackling the power imbalances that permit violence to exist. As the Center has seen local partners transition to serving communities around New Jersey through digital means, staff have been inspired to look for ways to assist those providing direct services to people experiencing violence at home. One of the needs that has risen to the top is a relatively simple one - access to resources in a safe way. Many of the current resources for violence prevention and safety-planning are held with direct service contact or are not quickly accessible.
"We're Still Here" will combine the content expertise of the Center and the technology & design capabilities of Human Experience Systems to produce critical violence prevention resources that are digital, mobile-ready, and quick to distribute with a single link.