In collaboration with the peer-led organisation Survivors’ Voices, researchers from King’s School of Life Course Sciences have launched a charter to guide organisations and individuals to safely and meaningfully engage abuse survivors in health and social care research.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) estimates that one in twenty children experience sexual abuse and one in fourteen experience physical abuse. Almost one in ten adults report experiencing or witnessing psychological, physical or sexual abuse during childhood but a third tell nobody at the time.
Childhood abuse is a recognised risk factor in the causes of many common mental health conditions. Studies have shown that cumulative 'adverse childhood experiences' also significantly increase the risks of physical ill health in later life.
Launching the Charter at King’s and the Haven’s Sexual Violence Research Day, Concetta Perôt, Co-founder & Director of Survivors’ Voices and Associate Researcher at King’s (Section of Women’s Mental Health) said: