The researcher for this study is Angela O’Connell, Development Worker with the OSSCork, who has a strong background in social inclusion research with a particular focus on LGBTI+ issues. The project is a collaboration between the OSSCork and Gay Project, and is overseen by Deborah O’Flynn, the Project Lead on behalf of the OSSCork.
Overall, we want to assess the need for support and referral services for gay and bisexual men experiencing abuse or control in their relationships and then to develop appropriate supports.
The Focus Group discussion will look at how relationships are perceived and talked about within the community, and what kinds of behaviours and attitudes are considered healthy in relationships between men. We can then design a survey and other research tools based on what we find.
No. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be given this information sheet to keep and will be asked to sign a consent form. If you agree to take part and then change your mind later on, you can withdraw from the study before or during the focus group without giving a reason.
Although there are probably no direct benefits to you, we hope that the research will help to develop better services and will help to raise awareness of intimate partner violence and control among GBT+ men, both in the community and among other agencies and service providers.
It is possible that issues may come up for you which might distress or upset you. If you would like to talk to someone about any of these issues, we will provide a list of support services. You are, of course, free to withdraw from the focus group at any time without giving a reason.
Yes. Information about you and all other participants will be kept strictly confidential. Pseudonyms will be used in the write-up and anything that could identify you will be carefully disguised.
The study will be the property of OSSCork once it is completed and the findings will be shared with Gay Project. We don’t currently plan to publish the research or discuss it at conferences, but if this happens, you will not be identifiable in any way. It is hoped that the results of this study will improve understanding and service provision for GBT+ men who experience violence and control in their relationships.
The OSSCork is a Domestic Violence Information Support Service that seeks to promote zero tolerance of domestic abuse and coercive control. The OSSCork provides support services to all victims of domestic abuse aged 18 years and over. The services are tailored to the needs of the clients and as such the OSSCork must respond in a dynamic way and learn about its service users to better meet their needs. The OSSCork offers one-to-one support sessions via appointment and walk-in, a telephone helpline (9-5pm), accompaniment, advocacy and advice.