Research call: people learning disabilities who have reported sexual assault / rape to the police.

We are researchers from Durham University who are interested in learning about criminal justice responses in Tyneside and Northumberland to people with learning disabilities who have experienced rape/sexual assault. We hope that the data we collect will help us to inform and develop policy and practice to support people with learning disabilities who have experienced rape/sexual assault and to improve their experiences of the criminal justice process.
We are currently undertaking interviews with people who have experience working with this client group and who may like to contribute their views and opinions on this topic. Participants can decline to answer any question that they feel uncomfortable with.
Interviews will take place on a 1-1 basis with one of the researchers and will last approximately half an hour. Interviews will be voice recorded.
All interviews will be confidential and contributions to the final project will be anonymised. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed if participants disclose a safeguarding concern which represents a risk of harm to themselves or others.
The research findings will be written up in a report and may include verbatim quotes from participants. Participants will be asked how they wish to be identified, including how their job should be described. Should you request it, there will be an opportunity for you to review your final contributions to the project. All written or audio data will be stored securely on a password protected computer and will be destroyed after two years. All data will be used in accordance with the University’s privacy policy and the GDPR, more information about this is available here:

https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/research.innovation/governance/GenericPrivacyNotice.pdf

Participation is voluntary and interviews can be stopped at any time. All participants are free
to withdraw from the project up until the analysis stage which will be May 2019. You can do
this in writing by emailing either of the researchers.
If you have any questions or queries before or after the interview, you can contact the
researchers here;
Alison.Jobe@durham.ac.uk or Helen.E.Williams@durham.ac.uk

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