Community Researcher Programme

Using a feminist infused qualitative longitudinal approach we have put women’s voices at the forefront of a dialogue between research and practice, drawing on their experiences to help inform and develop good practice in partnership with the community. Sound interesting? Read on...

The Community research Programme is for women with personal experience of domestic abuse, including women who have experienced abuse by a partner, ex-partner, or a family member as an adult or experienced abuse within the family as a child. These women are passionate about making any positive change in their community and want to give a voice to other women who have experienced abuse.

RISE is offering training and an amazing package of support to our Community Researchers.

Our research programme is led by our Research and Evaluation Officer Dr. Lucy Hadfield.

Lucy has 18 years research experience with expertise and publications in feminist methodology, creative and participatory research methods, domestic violence and abuse, disability, family relationships & identity.

The programme covers;

  • Feminist community research methodology.
  • Participatory action research methods
  • Research ethics, trauma and safeguarding.
  • How to prepare and analyse data.

In addition, researchers are part of a team of community research volunteers working with Lucy on our community research project which follows the journeys of survivors and communities groups as they work with our RISE Big Lottery Community Engagement and Building Project as they build their strengths in our fight to end domestic violence and abuse.

We are currently not recruiting community researchers as we are currently working towards presenting our findings at our RISE Big Lottery Community Project conference in September 2020. Our research report "Walking Together - Storying the Paths of Survival from Gender Violence" will be available in December 2020.

If you would like more information about our research programme you can contact Meggan Watson via email [email protected] or on the phone: 07460 771 412.