Participant Information Sheet


Participant Information Sheet - survey

LJMU’s Research Ethics Committee Approval Reference: 18/PHI/038 

Title of Project: A Review and Mapping of the Provision of Services for Survivors of Sexual Violence across Merseyside

Ellie McCoy, Research and Project Manager, Public Health Institute, Faculty of Education, Health and Community, LJMU

You are being invited to take part in a research study.  Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the study us being done and what participation will involve.  Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.  Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.  Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.  Thank you for reading this.

What is the purpose of the study?

We are conducting a review of the extent and nature of sexual violence across Merseyside, and exploring the services available to support victims and survivors of sexual violence. The review will follow the entire pathway of care and support for survivors, including the criminal justice process, to research how far the needs of sexual violence victims are being met.

Why have I been invited to participate?

You have clicked on the link to complete the survey and share your views of the support available for victims and survivors of sexual violence. The survey also asks some questions about your personal experience with sexual misconduct, such as harassment, sexual exploitation and other forms of sexual violence. Some of the language used in this survey is explicit and some people may find it uncomfortable, but it is important that we ask the questions in this way so that you are clear what we mean.

Do I have to take part and what will happen if I take part?

No. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part.  If you do decide to take part you can follow the link at the bottom of this form to take you to the survey questions. By completing the survey you are agreeing to take part in this research. Because the survey is anonymous, we will have no way of identifying you, so once you submit your response you will not be able to withdraw from the research.


To report a crime please contact Merseyside Police on 101. In an emergency please call 999

For support and advice please contact RASA Merseyside on 0151 666 1392, RASASC Cheshire & Merseyside on 01925 221 546 or SAFE Place Liverpool on 0151 295 3550.

What will happen to the results of the research project?

It is anticipated that the results of this research will be published on the LJMU and Office for the Police Crime Commissioner (OPCC) websites and will also be disseminated via OPCC to relevant organisations and partners.

Who is organising and funding/commissioning the study?

This study is organised by Liverpool John Moores University and commissioned by the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner, Merseyside. The research team or commissioners have no conflict of interest

Who has reviewed this study?

This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance through, the Liverpool John Moores University Research Ethics Committee (Reference number: 18/PHI/038).

What if something goes wrong?

If you have a concern about any aspect of this study, please contact the relevant investigator who will do their best to answer your query. The researcher should acknowledge your concern within 10 working days and give you an indication of how they intend to deal with it. If you wish to make a complaint, please contact the chair of the Liverpool John Moores University Research Ethics Committee ( and your communication will be re-directed to an independent person as appropriate.

Data Protection Notice

The data controller for this study will be Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). The LJMU Data Protection Office provides oversight of LJMU activities involving the processing of personal data, and can be contacted at This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. LJMU’s Data Protection Officer can also be contacted at The University will process your personal data for the purpose of research.  Research is a task that we perform in the public interest. Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. You can find out more about how we use your information by contacting

If you are concerned about how your personal data is being processed, please contact LJMU in the first instance at If you remain unsatisfied, you may wish to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Contact details, and details of data subject rights, are available on the ICO website at:

Contact for further information

For more information about the OPCC please visit:

For more information about the research please contact the research team:

Ellie McCoy, Research and Project Manager, Public Health Institute, LJMU – 0151 231 4515 /

Dr Zara Quigg, Reader in Behavioural Epidemiology, Public Health Institute, LJMU – 0151 231 8728 / 

For support please contact:

Thank you for reading this information sheet and for considering to take part in this study.