Information about this Survey

Domestic Abuse in Black majority churches

Research Integrity 

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The University is committed to preserving your dignity, rights, safety and well-being and as such it is a mandatory requirement of the University that formal ethical approval, from the appropriate Research Ethics Committee, is granted before research with human participants or human data commences. 


The Principal Investigator
Dr. Ava Kanyeredzi
020 8223 4461


This research is funded by a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant SRG2021\210837.


Consent to Participate in a Research Study

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with the information that you need to consider in deciding whether to participate in this study.

Project Title

How do Black Majority Churches respond to reports of violence from partners/spouses?

Project Description

Black Majority or churches are attended by mostly people of African or Caribbean heritage and have an over 100-year history in the UK of providing fellowship, support for recent migration, employment and experiences of racism to members. These churches are some of the fastest growing in membership. Violence/abuse from partners is occurs widely in the general population and where it has been researched figures are similar in church communities. Church communities are in a unique position to prevent and offer victims/survivors support and referrals to specialised services such as refuges. Little is known about how Black Majority churches manage and respond to reports domestic abuse This study will be exploring how Black Majority Church clergy and churchgoers respond to respond to reports of domestic abuse from partners/spouses/

We are inviting up to 1000 church leaders/churchgoers to take part in a survey about experiences of seeking/giving support for domestic abuse within Black majority churches.


What will participation mean for you?

The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. You can complete in privacy and at your own convenience. Towards the end of the survey you will be asked whether you would like to also take part in a focus group or individual interviews about your experiences.

We are also inviting churchgoers/church leaders to be part of a steering group that meets once every two months for an hour to discuss the progress of the research and offer advice. Please do contact us if you are interested

What are the risks in taking part?

There are no immediate risks or hazards to taking part in the online survey, training, focus groups or interviews. However the topic of domestic abuse might leave you thinking about distressing experiences and you will be offered a list of useful support contacts should you require them.

Violence/abuse from a partner/spouse, whether experienced first-hand, via witnessing or listening to a victim/survivors’ account can be distressing. During the survey, you can choose not to answer any questions or to stop at any time and withdraw your participation without any penalty.

What are the after-care/support arrangements?

At the end of the survey you will be offered a list of support contacts who you can approach should you feel the need to do so.

The research aims to understand and improve the responses to reports of domestic abuse in Black majority churches and your participation will not in any way restrict or prohibit your attendance at church.

How will you benefit?

There are no direct benefits to taking part. However it is our hope that by carrying out this research, churchgoers who experience domestic abuse and attend Black majority churches will have better support.

Confidentiality of the Data

The survey will be anonymous, how you answer the questions will not be traced back to you. Survey data will be stored in the Online Survey database and exported to SPSS for further descriptive analysis. Data generated in the course of the research will be retained in accordance with the University’s Data Protection Policy.

Towards the end of the survey will be given the option to take part in interviews/focus groups. If you choose to do this, your personal details will be handled in the strictest confidence and processed on password protected computers, stored in locked cupboards with access only to research team members.

Anonymised survey data will be kept for up to five years to enable further analysis.


You will be able to complete the online survey at a convenient time and place for you in private.


No further remunerations will be offered to survey participants.


Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary, and you are free to withdraw at any time during the research. Should you choose to withdraw from the research you may do so without disadvantage to yourself and without any obligation to give a reason. Please note that your data can be withdrawn up to the point of data analysis – after this point it may not be possible.

University Research Ethics Committee

If you have any concerns regarding the conduct of the research in which you are being asked to participate, please contact:

Catherine Hitchens, Research Integrity and Ethics Manager, Graduate School, EB 1.43

University of East London, Docklands Campus, London E16 2RD (Telephone: 020 8223 6683, Email:


For general enquiries about the research please contact the Principal Investigator on the contact details at the top of this sheet.