Research: People with learning disabilities and their experiences of the Criminal Justice System in cases of sexual assault / rape

We are working in partnership with researchers from Durham University’s Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA).

We are investigating the experiences of people with learning disabilities who have reported rape or sexual assault to the police.  We are interested in mapping current practice with a view to improving reporting experiences and increasing access to justice for people with learning disabilities.

We are interested in interviewing both people with learning disabilities and professionals who work with this client group.

All respondents will be anonymous and we will not identify any individuals or organisations in the final report.

We are interested in learning about experiences of reporting to the police, participants will not be asked to describe what happened when they were assaulted and there will be no questions on this. We aim to make the interview process as accessible as possible and are able to accommodate a variety of communication needs.

If you would like more information on the project, or might be interested or know someone who is interested in being interviewed, please get in touch by emailing

Click here for an information leaflet for participants: Participant information sheet

Click here for further information for professional stakeholders: Stakeholder Participant Information Sheet

More information about Durham University’s Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse is available here: