Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $745,602)
The current project proposes to create a remote tech clinic program housed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to help combat technology-facilitated
intimate partner violence (IPV) and provide direly needed support for victims of such abuse. The purpose of this research-practice partnership with victim
service providers throughout the state of WI is to increase access to tech clinic support for survivors living in remote parts of WI.
Project activities will include (A1) semi-structured interviews with victim-survivors and advocates in remote and rural areas to understand the epidemiology of
technology-facilitated abuse; (A2) use of participatory design techniques to build toolsets and protocols required for carrying out remote tech consultations
with advocates and victims; (A3) development of training for tech clinic volunteers and IPV advocates so that they can use those tools effectively to
support victims of technology abuse; and (A4) collection of data on the efficacy of the remote tech clinic program.
Expected outcomes of the project include (O1) reports and publications that include data collected from the interviews about
technology-facilitated abuse and survivor needs as well as data collected to ascertain the efficacy of the tech clinic program; (O2) a toolkit that can be
implemented in tech clinics across the US; and (O3) training protocols for tech clinic volunteers and IPV advocates that could accompany these toolkits and be
tailored for particular clinics. The current proposal seeks to provide services to all IPV victim-survivors and advocates throughout the state of Wisconsin;
however, all toolkits and training protocols will be made publicly available so that other tech clinics can replicate the framework and increase access to such
services throughout the country. We also will make statistical code publicly available to facilitate research transparency.