Measuring the Long-term Support Needs of Adult Service-users at Saint Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre

David Gadd, Laura Watt, Maria Pampaka, Filippo Varese, Cath White, Rabiya Majeed-Ariss

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This paper outlines a feasibility study to investigate the potential of measuring the support needs of adult service users of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre. A self-completion questionnaire was designed with the aim of capturing these needs, as well as how they change over time and with support provided. The questionnaire underwent revisions following consultations with organisations representing survivors. Survivors of sexual assault who attended Saint Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) were invited to complete a questionnaire at three-month intervals after their first visit to the SARC. The process of recruitment was necessarily complex, potentially compounding the issue of low response: only 18 participants completed the questionnaire at the first time point, and only nine of those completed a follow-up questionnaire three months later. The responses demonstrated the value of connecting information gathered by forensic physicians with a social survey. This study design reduced the potential of re-traumatisation by avoiding the need for participants to revisit any details of the alleged assault. More work is required to understand what methods will help establish an enduring commitment to completing follow-up questionnaires from a population dealing with the aftermath of trauma.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Gender Based Violence
Early online date14 Dec 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Dec 2023


  • sexual assault
  • sexual violence
  • rape
  • long term needs
  • trauma
  • mental health


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