Invitation to SafeLives and Vision Foundation Interview or Focus Group

You can read the introduction to this survey below, or alternatively you can click the link to hear an audio version of the introduction here:

Thank you for your interest in being part of this important research being carried out by the Vision Foundation and SafeLives looking into the experiences of domestic violence and abuse within the blind and partially sighted community. We know that disabled women are twice as likely to experience domestic abuse as non-disabled women, and yet there is very little research looking into the experiences of visually impaired women and men specifically.

This research project aims to change that by looking into domestic abuse among people who are blind or partially sighted, identifying any barriers to getting help, and reviewing the availability of specialist services. 

By taking part our interviews or focus groups, you will add your voice to this project and help us to improve our understanding of the experiences of visually impaired victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Your voice will also inform the development of more accessible, effective and responsive services.

Everyone that participates in an interview or focus group will receive a £25 voucher to say thank you.

Below are some questions that will help us to find out more about your needs and preferences in advance of your interview or focus group. We will also send out a consent form to all participants with more information about the process.

All information that we receive through interviews and focus groups will be anonymised in all public reports, and any identifying information will only be available to the researchers working on the project.

We recognise that taking part in this research may trigger difficult memories, or highlight the need for help with your current situation. There is therefore information about domestic abuse support services at the end of the survey and on the SafeLives website. If you are in immediate danger then please call 999 and ask for the police.

Your Information


Interviews / Focus Groups

For the following three questions, you have the option of either typing your response or attaching an audio file recording if you would prefer to answer verbally (each file must be less than 10Mb).
If you would like to talk to somebody about experiences of domestic abuse, you can contact the organisations below. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.
England: National Domestic Abuse Helpline Freephone 0808 2000 247 to speak to an advisor (24 hours)

Wales: Live Fear Free Helpline Freephone 0808 80 10 800 (24 hours) or visit

Scotland: Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline Freephone 0800 027 1234 (24 hours) or visit

Northern Ireland: Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline Freephone 0808 802 1414 (24 hours) or visit

Men's Advice Line (for male domestic abuse victims)  Monday–Friday 9am-5pm on freephone 0808 801 0327 or visit for more information

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline Call 0800 999 5428 or email For more information visit
Karma Nirvana, UK Helpline for ‘honour’-based abuse and forced marriage: 0800 5999 247

Victim Support National 24 hour Supportline
: 0808 1689 111

For online support for domestic abuse victims go to
Childline offers free, confidential advice and support for those 18 or under. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help. Call 0800 1111 to talk to a trained counsellor any time of day or night.

Advice during Covid-19:

have created a page containing resources and guidance to help support people through this difficult time which can be accessed here.

Additional advice from Surviving Economic Abuse to support economic wellbeing and safety if you are living with someone who abuses you and it is available at
Thank you for taking the time to complete this form, we will be in touch shortly to give you further details on your planned interview or focus group. Please click on the 'submit' button below to send us your answers.
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