Enhancing responses to sexual violence and abuse
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.
|10:00||Welcome and introduction||Dr Lorna O’Doherty, Coventry University and Professor Elizabeth Hughes, University of Leeds|
|10:05||SARC provision in England: infographic launch
The impact of COVID-19 on staff and services in the sexual violence and abuse sector
|Dr Emma Sleath, University of Leicester|
|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||Dora Stefanidou, University College London and Holly Price, King’s College London|
|10:30||Understanding the needs of those attending SARCs in England||Dr Gemma Halliwell, University of Bristol|
|10:45||Third sector perspectives on enhancing responces to sexual violence and abuse||Fay Maxted OBE, Chief Executive, The Survivors Trust|
|10:55||Our journey in photos: a 'photovoice' pilot project of the MESARCH Lived Experience Group||Mesarch Lived Experience Group|
|11:15||Expertise through experience: a discussion||Mesarch Lived Experience Group with Concetta Perot, Independent Research Consultant, Psychotherapist and Co-founder, Survivors' Voices|
|11:40||Psychosocial interventions for sexual violence and abuse: what does the evidence say?||Dr Grace Carter, Coventry University|
|11:55||MIMOS case studies: early findings from interviews with staff and service users||Dr Jill Domoney, King’s College London|
|12:10||Historical cohort study comparing the clinical outcomes of people with experiences of sexual assault who received different models of psychological treatment||Dr Kylee Trevillion, King’s College London|
|12:25||Emergent evidence on what helps survivors at SARC and beyond||Dr Lorna O’Doherty, Coventry University|
|12:40||Policy perspectives on meeting survivors’ needs||Kate Davies CBE, Director of Health & Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning NHS England and NHS Improvement|
|12:50||Closing remarks||Prof Roger Ingham, Professor of Health and Community Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Southampton|
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
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.