Introduction

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Researchers from Coventry University and the University of Leicester are working with Churches Together in Cumbria and a national Christian charity, Restored, to survey churchgoers and church leaders about domestic abuse. This research is being conducted to find out how churches respond to domestic abuse and what can be done to better assist female and male victims/survivors of domestic abuse.

This survey is open to all adults (18 years and over) who attend a church in Cumbria either for religious services or other activities. You do not have to have experienced domestic abuse personally to take part. Participation in this research is voluntary and there will be no negative consequences to not taking part. If you do participate, you will remain completely anonymous: we will not ask for your name or the name of your church.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you’d prefer a paper questionnaire, please email the research team using the contact details below and we can arrange for one to be posted to you, with a pre-paid envelope.

The questions focus on attitudes to and experiences of physical, sexual, financial, emotional and spiritual abuse in couple relationships. You may find some of the questions challenging due to the sensitive nature of the topic. You do not have to answer any question that makes you feel uncomfortable and you are free to withdraw from the survey without any explanation, at any time.

On exiting the survey, a list of free and confidential domestic abuse advice lines and support services will be provided that you can contact if you need to talk through any issues or concerns you have regarding yourself, family or friends.

The anonymised findings will be written up in a report which will be available via Churches Together in Cumbria. There may also be other publications such as academic articles and features in Christian publications and websites. If you have any queries about the survey or would like to be kept informed about the findings, please contact the research team (Dr Kristin Aune, Dr Rebecca Barnes and Alison Halford) on churchresearch.tpsr@coventry.ac.uk or 0116 252 5707.

If you consent to take part in this study, please continue on to the questions.