JUSTISIGNS 2 - Empowering Victims of Gender-Based Violence through VET for Multiagency Actors is an Erasmus+ educational and training project created to improve access to support services in cases of Domestic and Sexual Gender-Based Violence (DSGBV) by increasing awareness and providing training to legal and support service providers who engage with victims. Research partners on the project are the Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), University of Vigo (Spain), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). We are working in partnership with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, the European Union of the Deaf, and An Garda Síochána – the Irish Police Force. The project is chaired by Interesource Group (Ireland) Ltd.
Heriot-Watt University has specific UK collaborators as part of an advisory group, including Police Scotland, SignHealth, Wise Women, Scottish Women's Aid, the Association of Sign Language Interpreters UK and the British Deaf Association (Scotland).
The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”
Scotland's legislation refers to Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG). In the UK the most familiar terms are Domestic Violence or Abuse, but according to Amnesty International, Domestic Abuse is only one form of GBV. Domestic violence/abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. This is typically against women, but it is also recognised that men can be victims.
The goal of the project is to increase awareness of potential language barriers and provide training and resources to service providers who engage with victims.
The following questionnaire aims to identify the communication needs that may arise for service providers when working in the context of DSGBV with victims who do not speak the national language(s) or who are deaf.
Topics covered by the questionnaire include:
A. Basic characteristics of service providers
B. Support to victims of DSGBV
C. Aspects related to communication with victims of DSGBV
D. Considerations concerning interpreters
The questionnaire should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
By submitting this questionnaire, you are confirming that you understand that all responses are anonymous and will only be accessed by researchers involved in the project with the purpose of using this data to inform the development of training materials and resources and in reporting on the results of the project (e.g. in academic papers/at conferences/reports to the European Commission).
By submitting the questionnaire, you agree to your responses being included in the data analysis, as per the above outline.
If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact:
Prof. Jemina Napier, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland J.Napier@hw.ac.uk
Heriot-Watt University is the data controller for all personal data collected in this project. We will store your personal data securely and ensure that the research data you provide cannot be linked to any identifying information you supply. We will use your personal data for this project only with your consent. You may withdraw your consent at any time, up until the point where data has been fully anonymised, by contacting either the researcher, School of Social Sciences Ethics Review Committee or the Data Protection Team.
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