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Experiences of support after rape or sexual assault

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Stay Safe East is a partner in a ground breaking research project to look at the experiences of Deaf and Disabled survivors of rape and sexual violence.

They are looking for:

Disabled and Deaf adult survivors (aged 16+) of rape or sexual assault – women, men and non-binary people, in England and Wales. They would like to know about your experiences of trying to get support, or why you did not access support after rape or sexual assault. Did that support work for you? Did it meet your access needs? If you reported to the police or went to court, what happened? They also would like to hear your thoughts about what you would want from a support service.

They cannot involve you if you are currently involved in a case in the criminal courts.

More information:

The research has been commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and will help shape support services for survivors in England and Wales. The evidence from the research will also help bring about changes in the way that support organisations and the criminal justice system respond to Deaf and disabled survivors.

The research is confidential, they will not share your personal details with anyone. You will have the choice of being interviewed one-to-one or taking part in a small focus group. Most interviews will be on zoom but if you prefer they will try to meet you face-to-face. They will meet your access and communication needs. The majority of the research team are Disabled or Deaf; they are 5 women, one man and one non-binary person, from diverse ethnicities, sexualities and identities. Your safety and well-being are an important part of this research. They will be available to support you after the interview and can also help you contact a service of your choice if you feel you still need support.

The research is a partnership between the Universities of Leeds and Liverpool Hope University and Stay Safe East, a disabled people’s organisation working with survivors of abuse, and SignHealth, the Deaf domestic abuse service.

 

How to Apply

If you would like be involved in the research, or you would like to know more, here's how to get in touch: Via the project website https://survivors-project.leeds.ac.uk/. This also tells you more about the research. You can also contact Stay Safe East by e-mail survivorsproject@staysafe-east.org.uk 

Involvement Payment Details

You will receive a thank you voucher for your participation.