Page 1: Introduction
We are researchers from the University of Oxford and University of Manchester, and we are conducting a study into the experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown of parents (or those in a parental role) who have previously experienced violence or abuse from their older or adolescent child (aged 10-19). We have been researching the problem of adolescent to parent violence for ten years, and are interested to hear about how the lockdown has affected parents’ experiences of violence and abuse, and ability to obtain support.
Please find below some information that will help you decide whether you wish to take part in the online survey. Please note that you may only take part if you are aged over 18 years, and that in order to complete the survey you must tick the box at the bottom of this information, asking you to confirm that you are aged over 18 years and that you agree to take part.
What happens if I agree to take part?
Participating in our survey is voluntary, and you may withdraw at any point during the survey, by closing the browser, before you submit your answers at the end of the survey. If you withdraw before the end of the survey without clicking ‘Finish’, none of your answers will be stored.
If you agree to take part in the anonymous survey, you will be asked to answer a series of questions about your recent experiences of violence or abuse from your child(ren). We will not ask you to provide any information that could potentially identify you (such as names of people or places) or record any personal information about you – all of the information we ask you to provide will be completely anonymous.
We understand that you may find it distressing to think about and reveal your personal experiences of child and adolescent to parent violence and abuse, and although we are unable to provide you with any direct support, we do provide more information about sources of support at the end of the survey. Because the survey is completely anonymous we cannot reply to comments or points that you make.
You do not have to answer every question – if you do not feel comfortable answering question you can tick ‘prefer not to say’ or just skip forward to the next question.
The survey could take approximately 30 minutes, but might be quicker if questions are skipped or answers are brief, or longer if you share more detail in the open text boxes.
How will my data be used?
Your answers to all questions will be anonymous and will be kept confidential. JISC Surveys and the University of Oxford are the data controllers and will determine how your data is used. The researchers (Professor Rachel Condry and Dr Caroline Miles) will have access to your survey answers, and will only use your data for the purposes of the research project as outlined above. Your data will be stored in a password protected file on a secure University network, and your IP address will not be stored. Research data will be under protective storage for a minimum of three years, before being securely destroyed. Further information about your rights with respect to your personal data is available from
The answers to the questions that you provide will be analysed by the researchers and used to inform academic publications, presentations at academic and practitioners conferences, and publications prepared for practitioners (such as practice guidelines). We will ensure that any personal data that could be used to identify you is removed or anonymised prior to any findings being published or presented.
This research project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Oxford Central Research Ethics Committee.
If you have any queries about taking part in this survey, please email Professor Rachel Condry (email@example.com) or Dr Caroline Miles (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will respond as soon as we can to your query.
If you are unhappy with our response to your query, or wish to make a formal complaint, please contact the relevant Chair of the Research Ethics Committee at the University of Oxford. Their details are as follows:
Chair, Social Sciences & Humanities Inter-Divisional Research Ethics Committee;
Email: email@example.com; Address: Research Services, University of Oxford, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD.
The Chair will seek to resolve the matter in a reasonably expeditious manner.
Many thanks for your time and we hope that you are willing to take part.
If you have read the information above and agree to participate with the understanding that the data (including any personal data) you submit will be processed accordingly, please check the relevant box below to get started.
Please note that you may only participate in this survey if you are 18 years of age or over
In this survey we refer to the child who is being violent or abusive in the family as ‘your child’ or 'the child or adolescent'. We refer to government imposed restrictions on going out during the pandemic as a period of ‘lockdown’. This might also include imposed periods of isolation for health vulnerabilities at this time.
What is your gender?
What is your age?
What is their gender?
What is your relationship to the child or adolescent?
Which category best describes your annual household income before lockdown?