Enhancing responses to sexual violence and abuse

Public lectures / seminars

Wednesday 12 May 2021

10:00 AM - 01:00 PM





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Event details

The MESARCH (Coventry University) and MIMOS (University of Leeds) projects present a knowledge exchange event showcasing new evidence from two ground-breaking studies at the forefront of sexual violence and abuse research. These projects, funded in 2018 by the National Institute for Health Research, seek to evaluate the support offered by Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) and care pathways following SARC for survivors of sexual assault, rape and abuse in England. 

The event will include contributions from academic, voluntary and statutory sector leaders, insights based on emerging evidence from the MIMOS and MESARCH projects, and a platform for those with lived expertise to convey their experiences of shaping this research though a ‘photovoice’ production.

This public event will be particularly relevant to frontline professionals working in the sexual assault and abuse services, NHS providers, policing and criminal justice professionals, survivors of abuse and their families, and researchers as well as local and national policy-makers.

Programme details

10:00 Welcome and introduction
10:05 Mapping Sexual Assault Referral Centre provision in England
10:15 A systematic review and a realist synthesis of the identification and treatment of mental health and substance misuse problems in Sexual Assault Referral Centres
10:30 Understanding the needs of individuals attending SARCs in England
10:45 Third sector perspectives - Fay Maxted OBE, The Survivors Trust
11:00 Mesarch Lived Expertise Group ‘Photovoice’ project
11:15 Lived Expertise panel, chaired by Concetta Perôt, Survivors Voices
11:30 Break
11:40 MIMOS case studies: early findings from interviews with staff and service users
11:55 Psychosocial interventions for sexual violence and abuse: what does the evidence say?
12:10 MIMOS database analysis: comparing outcomes for talking therapies in a SARC and a mental health service
12:25 Emergent evidence from MESARCH on what helps survivors at SARC and beyond
12:40 Kate Davies CBE, NHS England and NHS Improvement
12:50 Closing remarks offered by Professor Roger Ingham, University of Southampton


Guest speakers

Concetta Perôt, Independent Research Consultant, Psychotherapist and Cofounder, Survivors' Voices

Fay Maxted OBE, Chief Executive Officer at The Survivors Trust

Kate Davies CBE, Director of Health & Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning Specialised Commissioning at NHS England and NHS Improvement

Professor Roger Ingham, Professor of Health and Community Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Southampton



For enquiries please contact Priya Tek Kalsi

07392 096550





These projects are funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research programme. Grant Reference Number 16/117/04 and 16/117/03. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.