Research Publications

Developing a Model of Change Mechanisms within Intentional Unidirectional Peer Support (IUPS)

Peers are those with lived experiences of adversity and are commonly utilised in services. However, little is known about change mecha- nisms, resulting in undefined concepts and weak assertions on peer supports’ effectiveness. Further, peer interventions are becoming increasingly common in homelessness services, without the theoretical understanding to support it. This review systematically explores literature […]

Recovery processes within peer provision: testing the CHIME model using a mixed methods design

Previous studies have pointed the need for more research, which explores how peer provision brings about change associated with recovery. This study aims to test Leamy’s framework, which consists of five recovery processes: connectedness, hope, identity, meaning and empowerment (also known as the CHIME framework) within the peer provision context. By Grace Zeng, Donna Chung […]

The Polite Abuser: Using Politeness Theory To Examine Emotional Abuse

Theses and Dissertations by Cimmiaron Alvarez. Illinois State University, cpalvar@ilstu.edu Over the last few decades more and more cultural attention has been paid to intimate partner violence, especially emotional abuse. Follingstad, Rutledge, Berg, Hause, and Polek (1990) established that emotional abuse fell into six distinct categories; however, little attention had been paid to how abusers […]

Mental Health Peer Specialists and Their Vision for a Civil Rights Movement

Many who have mental illness disabilities suffer from isolation and are disconnected from others. They can experience social anxiety, feel nervous, and be unable to connect or make friends. Some have agoraphobia, where they are unable to leave their home. Past traumatic experiences such as domestic violence or sexual abuse also can cause one to […]

Assault and care characteristics of victims of sexual violence in eleven Médecins Sans Frontières programs in Africa. What about men and boys?

Often neglected, male-directed sexual violence (SV) has recently gained recognition as a significant issue. However, documentation of male SV patients, assaults and characteristics of presentation for care remains poor. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) systematically documented these in all victims admitted to eleven SV clinics in seven African countries between 2011 and 2017, providing a unique […]

Results from second Aotearoa New Zealand gender attitudes survey

The National Council of Women of New Zealand has published results from the second survey of gender attitudes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Peer Support in Mental Health: Literature Review

Background: A growing gap has emerged between people with mental illness and health care professionals, which in recent years has been successfully closed through the adoption of peer support services (PSSs). Peer support in mental health has been variously defined in the literature and is simply known as the help and support that people with […]

Reporting of Sexual Assault and Abuse of Males in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Community

A Thesis Presented in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. By Yevgeniy Pastukhov Semchenkov

A role for lived experience mental health leadership in the age of Covid-19

In 2020 an invisible assassin has swept across the world, creating chaos, confusion and uncertainty. Covid 19 has taken many people’s health, some people’s lives and the lives of loved ones. It has destroyed livelihoods and put the financial futures of billions at risk. We are helpless, there is nothing to fight back with. We […]

Exploring barriers to disclosure child sexual abuse

“To say it out loud is to kill your own childhood.” – An exploration of the first person perspective of barriers to disclosing child sexual abuse. By Jorunn E. Halvorsena, Ellen Tvedt Solbergb, Signe Hjelen Stigec

Provision of peer support at the intersection of homelessness and problem substance use services: a systematic ‘state of the art’ review

Peer support refers to a process whereby individuals with lived experience of a particular phenomenonprovide support to others by explicitly drawing on theirpersonal experience. It has been adoptedin a variety of service contexts including homelessness, substance use, mental and physical health. Those who experience homelessness have some of the most complex intersecting health and social […]

Peer Support Workers: An Exploration within an Irish Mental Health Service

Adult Male Survivors’ Disclosure of Childhood Sexual Abuse: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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Specialist sexual violence social work: Ensuring good practice

This research sought to understand social workers’ perspectives on good practice in specialist sexual violence social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. By Bridget Leary (Social Worker in the Sexual Violence Field, Wellington, New Zealand) and Dr Kathryn Hay (School of Social Work, Massey University, New Zealand)

What is known about effective recovery services for men who have been sexually abused?

This literature review brings together current evidence about effective approaches to support men who have been sexually abused (as children and/or adults) in their journey of recovery. The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) commissioned this literature review to inform service planning. Because of the limited evidence base we have taken a broad exploratory approach to […]

Gaps in Sexual Assault Health Care Among Homeless Young Adults

Young adults experiencing homelessness are at increased risk for sexual assault. Receiving a post−sexual assault examination has important implications for HIV and unintended pregnancy prevention; yet, utilization is not well understood. In a population at elevated risk for HIV, unintended pregnancy, and sexual violence, identifying barriers and facilitators to post−sexual assault examination is imperative.