After researching the topic of sexual abuse among children and the therapy and healing required from such experiences, a design concept was formed with the intent to create a space where children will feel safe and comfortable enough to open up to professionals about the trauma. Although a lot of sexual abuse that a child may experience can happen within their own home, creating a home-like atmosphere was still an important concept to move forward with. This intent is also to help children feel like they can trust the professionals who will be asking them questions about their trauma. A modern, farm-house style home was designed for this purpose, in hopes that children will want to come. The interiors were designed to reflect this concept as well. Clean and light finishes were selected; white oak wood, light cream wall paint, subtle colors, tall ceilings, and many open windows to help the space feel free and open.
Color selection was both a design and health consideration in the design of this space. The effect of color on the emotional and mental wellbeing can be very strong. Victims will be coming into this center with a range of different experiences, but each of these experiences will have had a negative impact on them. Because of this, harsh and bold colors were avoided to protect the victims from any aggressive, hateful, or fearful emotions. Throughout the spaces, the bones of each interior are neutral colors. Subdued and relaxed colors were carefully added in specific spaces to still keep the mood of the environment warm and cheerful, so to avoid creating a sterile space. Color is mainly brought into each space through artwork, accessories, and the rugs on the floor. This was specifically placed in these items so it can be easily removed from the space if needed, due to over stimulation or different circumstances.
The Family and Children’s Justice Center is a social justice project between the Cache County Children’s Justice Center and the Malouf Foundation. Together, they hope to create a building to aid the process and healing of victims who experience any sexual or physical abuse. With hopes to break ground in November 2020, this center will provide a safe haven for employees and victims to navigate their experiences. The location for this justice center will be in Nibley, Utah, across the street from the Malouf headquarters. This is a central location for both the Cache County Children’s Justice Center and the Malouf Foundation. This location provides a place for victims in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and parts of Montana to come.