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Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence

Authors and Advisors

The course was written by Kay Davies, an expert consultant who has worked in the specialist sexual violence sector for 23 years. The majority of her experience has been within the violence against women sector, and for Rape Crisis. She has also provided training in responding to disclosures of sexual violence to the police, social services and university staff. As a founder member of the first UK multi-agency sexual violence forum, she was instrumental in the creation of Teesside's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).


Advisory panel:

  • Lead Advisor: Professor Nicole Westmarland, Director of the Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse; Professor of Criminology in the School of Applied Sciences
  • Australian Advisor: Professor Andrew McAuley, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Southern Cross University, Australia
  • Australian Advisor: Dr Corinne Manning, Deputy Director Diversity & Inclusion, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Accessibility Advisor: Wilma Alexander

Review panel:

  • Dr Manuel Alonso
    Director of Student Services, Loughborough University
  • Dr Nicola Henry
    Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University, Australia
  • Professor Clare McGlynn
    Professor of Law, Durham University
  • Dr Alice Prochaska
    Principal of Somerville College, University of Oxford

Course features

Course features include:

  • Interactive comprehension activities to check your understanding of key concepts and best practices.
  • Scenario-based activities to help you to apply key concepts and practices to realistic situations, whilst demonstrating the dos and don'ts of this sensitive process.
  • Animations to convey some of the common myths of sexual violence and the barriers to reporting.
  • Interviews and a video role play with professionals trained in responding to disclosures of sexual violence.

Content warning and disclaimer

This course covers some sensitive topics, which will be discussed explicitly. These topics include:

  • Sexual assault
  • Rape
  • Emotional, verbal and physical abuse.

The course does not include explicit graphics or images, but it does include hypothetical scenarios exploring sexual violence and the impact of sexual violence.

If you are affected by any of the topics discussed in the course, refer to the information on the 'Looking after yourself' screen in Module 4.

Please note that all legal definitions in the course are specific to England and Wales.

Supporting institutions

The Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violencecourse has been developed in conjunction with the following institutions:

  • University of Greenwich, UK
  • Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • University of East Anglia, UK
  • Australian National University, Australia.