Introduction to the survey
I would like to invite you to take part in my research study. Before you decide, I would like you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it involves for you.
The questionnaire has been produced in part completion of a PhD at the University of Portsmouth, U.K.
The purpose of the study is to collect information about male victims of domestic abuse, with the aim of understanding why this is under-reported.
I believe that you are / have been a victim of domestic abuse and so would appreciate you completing this survey so your views and opinions can be used as part of my research.
There is no obligation to take part and it is entirely up to you to decide whether you would like to join this study. All responses are confidential and anonymous, with this survey not revealing your IP address thus ensuring anonymity, and the survey results can only be accessed by the lead researcher (Andrea Ley) with access to the survey results being password protected. The survey will take you around 30 minutes to complete, depending upon your answers.
The survey is free to complete and there is no cost to you apart from your time. No expense, payments or incentives are available. Aside from using your time, no disadvantages are anticipated. However if following the survey you feel in need of support there are various organisations that can provide this, such as Mankind Initiative (01823 334244 http://new.mankind.org.uk) or The Men's Advice Line (0808 8010327 http://mensadviceline.org.uk).
Although this study will not be of direct benefit to you, it is hoped that the findings will lead to a better understanding of male victims of domestic abuse and the need for them to be both recognised and acknowledged in society.
As your submitted survey is anonymous your identity will never be revealed in the thesis or any published material and all data will be presented in aggregated and summary format. Current data retention guidelines at the University of Portsmouth that researchers have to comply with means that the aggregated datasets will be securely stored for at least 10 years.
All questions in the survey are optional. If you wish to abandon the survey before completion, you can simply leave the website. If the last question of the survey is not answered the researcher will assume that you wish to withdraw from the survey. Therefore if you wish for your views to be part of this research please answer the final question. If you answer the final question and then decide after submitiing your survey that you wish to withdraw this is not possible due to your answers being anonymous, which means the researcher is unable to identify which is your completed survey.
If you have a concern about any aspect of this survey, you should ask to speak to the researcher or supervisor, who will do their best to answer your questions. The researcher, Andrea Ley can be contacted at email@example.com or the supervisor can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you remain unhappy and wish to complain formally, you can do this by contacting the Head of Department, email@example.com or the Chair of the Faculty of Humanity and Social Sciences Ethics Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. However please note this may mean you are identified by your email address.
The results may form part of the researcher's thesis and may also form part of a published paper or book at a later date. Aggregated findings may also be presented at relevant conferences. However you will not be personally identified in any publication.
I am funding this research myself and hence I am not benefitting from any financial gain and I have no conflict of interest. The study is being properly supervised through the University of Portsmouth. Research in the University of Portsmouth is looked at by an independent group of people, called an Ethics Committee, to protect your interests. This study has been reviewed and given a favourable opinion by the Faculty of Humanity and Social Sciences Ethics Committee.
You are welcome to see the results and findings once the research is complete. However please note that if you do contact the researcher (email@example.com) this will not be anonymous but your details will be confidential and kept on a secure password protected computer.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet regardless of whether you decide to participate or not.
If you would like to take part in this research, please continue by completing the consent form below followed by the research questions.