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The impact of pre-trial counselling: a research project

There is currently an increasing demand for pre-trial counselling, combined with a dearth of research in this area of therapeutic support. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidance for pre-trial therapy relies on expert opinion rather than evidence based practice, indicating that that research in this field is particularly important.


We are particularly interested in hearing the views of women who have had “pre-trial counselling”. This means counselling that took place during a police investigation that may or may not have led to a criminal trial. Did “pre-trial counselling” help? Did it make things worse? Was it more difficult/easier because it was “pre-trial”?


We are looking to find women who are willing to talk in confidence to an independent female researcher about their experience of counselling, for about an hour and a half, between February and June 2017.


Before you decide if you would like to take part it is important for you to understand why the project is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to carefully read the enclosed Participant Information Sheet.


We can pay for travel/childcare expenses up to £10 and you will receive a £10 Amazon Voucher to thank you for your participation.


We are very excited to have this opportunity and hope that you will see the value in this project. If you would like to take part, please complete and return the Informed Consent form to the contact details provided ASAP.