Research Participation

Understanding Research Participation

Thank you for your interest in participating in this research project. This page provides a brief overview of our project, commonly asked questions, and the benefits and impact of the research.

Over the last 40 years, sexual violence research has consistently shown that inpatient mental health services can be harmful, distressing, and traumatic for service users. Most of the existing research has positioned victim-survivors as respondents rather than valued contributors with unique expertise, perspectives and interests. This research project seeks to address this gap and has been designed in consultation with people with lived experience, reflecting community interests, perspectives and expertise. This survey seeks to promote victim-survivor perspectives to inform inpatient mental health services on institutional practices to prevent, minimise and respond to re-traumatisation. 

This research aims to:

  • To position victim-survivors as experts by experience and places them at the heart of the project.
  • Elevate victim-survivor experiences, knowledge, and expertise.
  • Contribute to and encourage the development of survivor-led research.
  • Inform good practice and create better outcomes for victim-survivors of sexual violence accessing mental health inpatient services.
  • Produce practical strategies and recommendations for mental health inpatient service for victim-survivors.
 As the lead researcher, I hope participating in this research project is a positive, reaffirming, and empowering experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Participation involves completing an anonymous online survey.

  • Lived experience of sexual violence.
  • Lived experience of re-traumatisation in an inpatient mental health service in Australia. (Note: Re-traumatisation is when a situation, environment, or dynamic reminds someone of a past traumatic experience, leading to a trauma response that activates emotions and reactions associated with the original trauma.)

  • 18 and over.

  • Residing in Australia

You are not eligible to participate if you are currently receiving inpatient mental health services. However, you can participate once you have been discharged from the service.

Online. You can find the survey on this website. 

Estimated 30-minutes, but this will depend on the length of your answers, and whether you take breaks between questions.

The survey contains four themes with fourteen questions in total.

You can submit answers via text or recorded audio submissions.

No. You have the option to not answer all questions, as well as pause and return to complete the survey at another time.

You will not provide any personal information.

It is recommended that you do not share personal details that could reveal your identity, such as hospital or mental health professional names. Before storing the data on RMIT servers, I will remove any personal information that could identify participants


To begin the survey, you will be asked to select the box that confirms you meet the inclusion criteria. You only need to confirm your eligibility; you don’t have to provide any personal information.


The survey will not include questions about participants’ experiences of sexual violence or re-traumatisation in inpatient mental health facilities. Nonetheless, participants have the option to share their experiences in some survey questions, but this is entirely at your discretion.

Safe Participation Plan

Use this tool to help locate your physical and emotional safety anchors to amplify your safe participation in the research study.

Here you can download a copy of the tool, as well as an example of pre-filled out plan.  

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