Invitation to be part of the development of a new webchat facility for Women's Aid.

Thank you for considering taking part in this survey. People for Research, the UK's leading recruiter of participants for market research, user research and usability testing, are currently working on behalf of Women's Aid to develop a specific message feature which will support survivors online.

The purpose of this survey is to speak to several women survivors of domestic abuse who are no longer in a relationship with an abusive partner. They will work with researchers to develop and test the webchat facility.

The 60-minute sessions will happen on Wednesday 1st May/Thursday 2nd May, between 9.30am and 4.30pm in Bristol and, for your feedback, you will receive £50 (cash). If travel or childcare expenses need to be covered, this can be arranged. The session will be face-to-face in a central Bristol location in a 1-2-1 format between you and a female researcher. The session's focus will not be on the details of your personal experiences, but on understanding how a messaging service could be helpful for Women's Aid service users.

The survey will ask you personal questions about your experiences in order to be able to invite a range of survivors to participate, along with questions about ethnicity and disability. People for Research are compliant with current data protection legislation and are members of the Market Research Society. We never sell your data to any third parties and your data will be solely used for the purpose of this research. The data is stored on our encrypted database and is deleted after two years. If you're selected to take part in the research session, your details will be kept anonymous and you will not be identifiable in any of the feedback that is used by the researcher.

To find out more about People for Research, please visit our website.

If you are worried about someone seeing what you have been doing online, use a different computer - either at a local library, internet cafe, friend's house or at work. Please see our information on covering your tracks online here.

For help or support in the issues raised by the survey, please contact the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge.) For information online, you can look here.

Please note that Women's Aid will be the first point of contact should you be suitable to take part in this research session. Following this, People for Research will be in contact to confirm your details and book you into a time slot.

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* 1. Please confirm your personal details:

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* 2. The following survey includes questions about ethinicity and disability. In line with the current data protection legislation and with this in mind, do you give us your consent to process this data solely for the purpose of getting you involved in paid research?

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* 3. How would you describe your ethnicity?

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* 4. To take part in this research, someone from Women's Aid will initially contact you via phone call. Is there anything the researchers need to be aware of? (E.g. safe times to call, avoid leaving voicemails, what to do is someone else answers, etc.)

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* 5. When People for Research get in contact with you, are you comfortable being contacted by a male?

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* 6. If selected, the research will be taken part on either Wednesday 1st May or Thursday 2nd May between the hours of 9.30am - 4.30pm in a central Bristol location. Are you available to attend on either of these dates?

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