Welcome! This website is site designed to help kids with their science fair projects and your assignment is very similar to the first steps involved in doing a science project or any scientific investigation. Since you doing this for the first time, I think the assistance that we provide will be helpful to you.
Here is a guide for doing a scientific investigation from the Science Buddies website. Your assignment includes the first three steps of the process plus writing the experimental procedure. It sounds like you have already ready this information, but I just wanted to make sure that this is the information you have read. http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... ndex.shtml
Please note that you need to start by reading scientific literature on your topic first. Ideally, you will want to find out what research has been done on your topic in the past and identify a problem that needs to be investigated. The scientific literature will provide the basis for your study. If you find a report similar to the one you want to do, pay attention to the details of the experimental design. I am not familiar with the literature on this subject, but I'm sure there are lots of papers.
Your subject on alcohol and the relationship to domestic violence is a very challenging topic to study and your ideas about the possible consequences is very good. However, I think you are thinking about investigating too many ideas in one project. With a scientific study, you want to focus on one small part of the problem and try not to do everything at once. If you want to find out about the effect of alcohol on domestic violence, you could administer your survey to people of similar backgrounds using the following independent variables: group 1: no history of domestic violence. group 2: currently in domestic violence shelter. group 3: involved in domestic violence in the past, but not for the past 3 years. Your dependent variable would be the report of alcohol use and answers to other questions on your survey.
Since this is a project involving human subjects, your project plan should include an informed consent form for your of your subjects.
Here is helpful information for designing a survey. Before starting to write your survey, be sure to write down the question that you will be answering with the survey and state your hypothesis. http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... rvey.shtml
We don’t have any project ideas on your topic, but here are some other project ideas that should give you an idea about how to design your project:http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... php?ia=Soc
Good luck to you! Please let me know if you have any more questions.