A thousand conversations: new evidence to inspire change and inform recovery and healing in the aftermath of sexual violence and abuse (MESARCH)

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Wednesday 07 December 2022

10:30 AM - 04:30 PM


The Techno Centre, Puma Way, Coventry, CV1 2TT



Event details

Please note that registration for this event is now closed, please contact Priya Tek Kalsi to be added to the reserve list. 

Join us and be a part of 'A thousand conversations: new evidence to inspire change and inform recovery and healing in the aftermath of Sexual Violence and Abuse'.

Since 2018, together with our partners, Coventry University has led a project to evaluate Sexual Assault Referrals Centres (SARCs) in England with funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

At this December event, the Multidisciplinary Evaluation of Sexual Assault Referral Centres for better Health (MESARCH) project will share key findings arising from four years of gathering understanding about impacts of sexual violence and abuse alongside evaluating services for survivors, in particular SARCs. The team’s experience of collecting and analysing ‘a thousand conversations’ with survivors and professionals will be distilled into critical messages about survivor health and wellbeing and service strengths and gaps, with relevance to policymakers, commissioners, ISVAs, SARCs, the police, health providers, third sector organisations, survivors, families and members of the public.

We also wish to share about how our approach of working hand in hand with a group of people with lived experience of abuse has strengthened not only what the research yielded but also our team’s capacity and confidence to undertake this work.

Please kindly note that whilst every effort will be made to run an event which is sensitive to diverse experiences of trauma, some attendees may find aspects of the presentations triggering. We will have a quiet space and support team on hand to provide assistance.

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Attendance at the event

This is an in person event with no online option. Places are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you register your place but can no longer attend, please email mesarch@coventry.ac.uk as soon as possible. 

Parking and travelling 

The venue is a 10 minute walk from Coventry Train Station. There is also free car parking onsite (parking tickets will be validated at the venue).


For enquiries please contact Mesarch Team