No-Contact Jacket

Adam Whiton (Industrial Designer and Artist)
Yolita Nugent (Apparel Designer)

The No-Contact Jacket is a wearable defensive jacket created to protect women from violence. When activated by the wearer, 80,000 volts of low amperage electric current pulses just below the surface of the jacket. This exo-electric armor prevents any would-be attacker from contact with the wearer’s body. If an assailant were to grab hold of the wearer the high voltage exterior would cause disorientating pain. The pain is non-leathal but is enough to effectively and immediately deter contact with the body and provides a critical life saving option for escape. The goal of the No-Contact jacket is to call attention to violence against women and to offer an alternative response to the body’s vulnerable spaces.