Meet the Team

Project lead: Dr Andrea Hollomotz

Lecturer in Sociology & Social Policy, University of Leeds

Andrea leads and coordinates the project team. In partnership with Leah she will lead on the data analysis and final report writing. She is experiences in talking to disabled people about sensitive topics and will do some of the interviews.

Project Co-lead: Dr Leah Burch

Lecturer in Social Sciences, Liverpool Hope University

Leah is experienced in the use of creative methods for exploring sensitive topics with disabled people. She will lead the focus groups, data analysis and final report writing.

User-led organisation researcher: Ruth Bashall

Founder and former Chief Executive, Stay Safe East

Ruth advises on project design and accessibility. She will do some of the interviews and will be involved in the data analysis and final report writing.

User-led organisation researcher: Abigail Gorman

Policy and Public Affairs Manager, SignHealth

Abigail coordinates SignHealth involvement in the project, including offering interviews to D/deaf victim-survivors in British Sign Language (BSL).

Media manager: Gem Turner

Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds

Gem has worked on recruitment materials.  She is also helping to advertise the study for recruitment.

Research Support Assistant: Kharis Hutchinson

PhD student, University of Leeds

Kharis will help administrative tasks, such as scheduling interviews and arranging reasonable accommodations.