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PATH to Recovery: Call Out for Focus Group Participants

What is PATH to Recovery?

PATH to Recovery is a joint project between IRISi and AVA. We are seeking to understand what are the mental health support needs of women who experience domestic violence & abuse and the relevance of a particular mental health intervention known as the PATH model . 

As part of this project we are running four focus groups with survivors to ensure that any recommendations made in relation to the PATH model are shaped by survivor voices. Two of the focus groups will be mixed groups whilst the other two will be targeting black and minortised women, as well as deaf and disabled women.

What was the PATH model?

The PATH (Psychological Advocacy Towards Healing) trial involved specially trained domestic violence and abuse (DVA) advocates providing an eight-session psychological intervention for women being supported in specialist DVA services.  

In the years since the trial, a number of initiatives and developments have taken place within the domestic violence and abuse sector. We want to understand if there is still a need for an intervention like PATH in 2021 and if so, how best to deliver the service.

Who are we looking to recruit?

We want to hear from women who have:

  • Experienced domestic violence and abuse  
  • Have accessed support in relation to their domestic abuse within the last 10 years (this does not need to have been from a specialist domestic abuse service).

In order to ensure the safety of everyone involved, we also ask that: 

  • Women are over the age of 18
  • Women are not currently living in the same house as a perpetrator of domestic abuse
  • Women have capacity to  provide informed consent both before and during the interview process (e.g. not intoxicated)
  • Women have a named supporter they can contact for support after the interview – either a professional or through family and friend network
  • Women are able to access a safe, quiet and private space for up to 90 minutes from which to take part in the interview process.

What will the focus group involve?

We will be holding focus groups between September – October 2021. The focus groups will take place either via phone or video call.  They will last between an hour to an hour and a half and participants will be given a £20 Love2Shop voucher to thank them for their time. 

Participants will have an initial check-in with a AVA project worker prior to the focus groups.. This check-in provides an opportunity for women to ask any questions, and find out more details about the project and arrange for any necessary tech or child-care support.

The focus groups will involve questions related to your experiences of domestic abuse and support. All questions throughout the focus group  are optional, and participants are invited to take breaks at any point throughout the interview.  Anything shared in the interview will be confidential and anonymous unless safeguarding concerns are raised.

I am interested or know someone who is, what happens now?

  1. If you or anyone you know is interested in getting involved, please share contact details or get touch with the AVA Project Manager Maria,  by email; maria.carvalho@avaproject.org.uk or call: 07821 985302 
  1. You/the participant will then be contacted by AVA for an initial meeting to explain the focus group process and invite you/them to a focus group in September or October. 
  1. Once you/the participant has been interviewed, a £20 voucher will be sent as a thank you. 

Who are AVA? 

AVA is a charity that works with survivors to end gender-based violence by championing evidence-based change.

Who are IRISi?  

Is a social enterprise established to promote and improve the healthcare response to gender based violence.

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