Chapter 2 of this comprehensive guide includes ethical and safety guidance.
Collecting monitoring or evaluation data, as well as the programming itself, can introduce a risk of harm for participants and staff. For example, if confidentiality is not maintained, women who disclose violence may be at risk of ‘backlash’ violence from perpetrators. Women who have experienced violence may feel distress or be retraumatised when being questioned about violence. Conducting research with children or with vulnerable adults (such as women living with disabilities) also introduces additional risks and requires specific plans and protocols.
Contains specific ethical protocols when collecting data from perpetrators of sexual violence.
Contains guidance on ethical considerations when collecting data from children, including informed consent and assent, confidentiality, protection from harm, and handling distress or disclosures of violence.
Literature review of principles, dilemmas, and risks related to conducting research on VAC.