Bringing survivor involvement into the mainstream

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This chapter offers a much-needed summary of the relationship between involvement of ‘lived expertise’ and the production of safe, impactful research about sexual violence and abuse. It examines the theoretical roots of involving patients, the public and more specifically, survivors of sexual violence and abuse in co-producing research. Drawing on the Multi-disciplinary Evaluation of Sexual Assault Referral Centres for better Health (MESARCH) study as a case study, ‘Bringing survivor involvement into the mainstream’ demonstrates survivor involvement's methodological and practical implications. It critically examines the risks and benefits of engaging with survivors across the research process in relation to the quality of research in this field and what involvement means for survivors as participants and as architects of research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSexual Crime
Subtitle of host publicationVictims and Survivors
EditorsBelinda Winder, Kerensa Hocken, Rebecca Lievesley, Craig Harper, Nicholas Blagden, Helen Swaby, Phil Banyard
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISBN (Electronic)9783031466267
ISBN (Print)9783031466250, 9783031466281
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

Publication series

NameSexual Crime
ISSN (Print)2628-8168
ISSN (Electronic)2628-8176


  • Survivors
  • Lived experience
  • Public and patient involvement
  • Co-production
  • Trauma
  • Sexual violence

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