Healing beyond housing: a transitional cohousing complex for survivors of intimate partner violence
In the province of Alberta, Canada, instances of intimate partner violence (IPV) have risen far above that of other Canadian provinces. In particular, Aboriginal women experience violence at a significantly greater rate than non-Aboriginal women. Current resources, although instrumental, are simply not enough to respond to the need. This interior design practicum responds with a hypothetical, transitional cohousing complex for women and children. This housing complex allows women and children a safe environment to heal after experiencing violence and abuse. The interior design encompasses an expanded model of transitional housing which includes opportunities for social, therapeutic, cultural and educational activities to occur. This approach is informed by the overarching principles of community, supportive environments and human-nature relationships which are supported by Lifeboat theory, theory of Supportive Design, Biophilic Design and Restorative Environmental Design.
Intimate partner violence, Women, Gender based design, Alberta, Transitional housing, Cohousing