Information Statement for the Research Project: Recovery from Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) SenseMaker Study

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ngd- Sensemaker is a kind of survey software that focuses on the individual story of each participant, and doesn’t homogenize that story. It preserves the meaning of your story and focuses on that personal meaning as the source of real knowledge. I’ve been looking for ways to use it in disability advocacy, and this research project is a good example of how it can be used, The survey is anonymous and entirely voluntary. It focuses on successful recovery from Intimate Partner Violence. Click on the “from Sensemaker” link to review the survey. 

You are invited to participate in the research project identified above, which is being conducted by Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin; Dr Kylie Bailey; Mrs Jean Carman from School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. The research is part of Mrs Jean Carman’s PhD studies at the University of Newcastle, supervised by Assoc. Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin and Dr Kylie Bailey.

Why is the research being done? The purpose of the research is to explore people’s experiences of recovery from abuse perpetrated by an intimate partner. Insights will be collected into people’s perspectives on recovery, the nature of their different recovery experiences, and the things which have helped or hindered their recoveries. This research aims to inform the design of support services that better suit people’s needs and the development of more effective interventions to support people’s recoveries.

Who can participate in the research? You are invited to participate if you:

• have experienced abuse in the past, from your present or former partner, (The abuse may have been any type of abuse including: hitting, pushing, choking, forcing you to participate in unwanted sexual behaviour/activities, name-calling, negative comments, undermining your parenting, isolating or depriving you, interfering with your work, hurting your pets, intentional damage of your belongings, financial abuse such as creating debts in your name, and any other form of harm, force or control).
• are over the age of 18yrs,
• have read this information and consent to be involved.
Please note that you are ineligible to participate if you:
• are still actively being abused by your partner,
• would be unduly distressed by participating in the survey,
• are under the age of 18 years,
• or have not given consent.

What would you be asked to do? If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey. The survey begins by asking you to tell a short story about your experiences of recovering from intimate partner abuse. (To protect the anonymity of everyone please don’t use real names in your story). You will then be asked to choose a word that best describes the meaning of your story. Following this there will be a series of short answer questions seeking your ideas on recovery from intimate partner abuse in general.

What choice do you have? Participation in this research is entirely your choice. Only those people who give their informed consent will be included in the project. Whether or not you decide to participate, your decision will not disadvantage you. If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw from the project at any time prior to submitting your completed survey. Please note that due to the anonymous nature of the survey, you will not be able to withdraw your response after it has been submitted.

How much time will it take? The interview should take about 10-20 mins to complete.



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