We have listened to the experiences and views of women survivors from across Greater Manchester.
Please click the above link to read the full report. A summary is available here.
Voices of Survivors Project and research is aimed at anyone who self-identifies as a woman, all or part of the time. This includes but is not limited to, lesbian and bisexual women, trans women, non-binary and gender fluid people, women of colour, older women, disabled and neurodivergent women.
We have aimed to make this questionnaire and our work inclusive and accessible to all women. However, if you feel there are improvements we could make and learn from, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at VOSproject@mash.org.uk
What is the project?
We want to listen to the experiences and views of women survivors from across Greater Manchester to make sure they can access the services they need.
Figures from the Home Office indicate that 1 in 5 women aged 16-59 has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16. This would equate to approximately 280,000 women across Greater Manchester. When you add in women who may not identify the unwanted sexual contact they suffered as violence and women you were abused and exploited as children the actual number will be much higher.
As partners in the Voices of Survivors project we want to make sure that the voices of all these women are heard. We want to know what help they were able to get (if any) what worked for them and what didn’t.
Across Greater Manchester there are very few specialist services for women who have experienced sexual violence and exploitation, but we know that there are lots of other frontline organisations who women turn to for help and support.
We want to bring these organisations together identify any support they may need and develop links between us so we can create an effective network of support for Greater Manchester women.
We will make sure that the voices of women and of the frontline organisations they access are heard by policy makers, funders and services.
How are we going to do it?
We have developed a Questionnaire which can be completed online or on paper.
We will train women from a variety of communities to gather the experiences of women who may find it particularly difficult to get heard, including women whose first language is not English.
We will provide specialist training to partner organisations.
Fill in our questionnaire online Questionnaire
We will run events providing opportunities in all 10 boroughs for women and other agencies to get together and share their ideas.
We will develop a directory of women’s organisations who can help.
Who we are
We are a partnership between Manchester Action on Street Health, Manchester Rape Crisis and Trafford Rape Crisis working closely with Dr Kate Cook and Becky Clarke at Manchester Metropolitan University. More information can be found on our About VOS page.
We are establishing a steering group which will include women with lived experience and representatives from health, the police, the combined authority and other women’s organisations.
Ethics of care statements:
Who we are
We are a group of feminist researchers and practitioners in the field of sexual violence. We all want to improve support for women who have experienced sexual violence.
Why we are doing this
We are concerned about gaps in service provision and that some women’s voices are missing from the debates. We are conducting this research because we have made an undertaking to our funders, Lloyds Bank Foundation to do this piece of work. More than this, we all want to improve services for women who are survivors of sexual violence, in Greater Manchester.
What we are doing
We are researching women’s experience of sexual violence and their views on services, in order to help everyone to design and deliver the services that women want and need.
How we are doing this
We have created a questionnaire, for women to complete. We will aim to make this as accessible as possible for women, across Greater Manchester. However we are also working on other ways to support women to participate in the research and we will add more detail on these, as we can.