[Svrilist] empirical research in on sexual violence in Bosnia

svrilist at mrc.ac.za svrilist at mrc.ac.za
Tue May 16 12:30:39 SAST 2006

Dear all, 

I am in the process of designing empirical methodology for my doctoral thesis which will involve a 4wk stay in Bosnia. I am evaluating international legal protections from sexual violence during armed conflicts. 
I am intending to interview key professionals from therepeutic, medical, social work, NGO and legal backgrounds.
I am acutely aware that given the widespread nature of sexual violence that some of those professionals working with victims may themselves have been victimised. 
I have worked with victims of sexual violence in the past but not in a research capacity. 
Whilst the thesis does not rely on input from victims, (in fact my supervisors were adamnent that such a project wouldn't receive ethical approval at PhD level) I recognise that such input would inrich the research.  

I was hoping that some of you might share your experiences of having conducted similar research and provide guidance in the design of suitable ethically sound methodology.

I look forward to hearing  from you soon.

Many thanks,

Sorcha Mc Kenna, B.A. (Hons), LLM
PhD Research Fellow
Transitional Justice Institute
Rm 21D60
Dalriada House
University of Ulster at Jordanstown
Co Antrim

Tel.    +44 (0) 2890 366694
Email. McKenna-S15 at ulster.ac.uk

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