The Coral Project - Making Sense of Abusive Behaviour in LGBT Relationships



An Invitation to our 2014 End-of-Project Events  


The Coral Project, led by Professor Catherine Donovan (University of Sunderland) and Dr Rebecca Barnes (University of Leicester), is the first national study of the use of, and responses to, abusive behaviour in lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender relationships.  In September 2014 we held two end-of-project events in London and Sunderland, UK.   We invite you to one of our forthcoming end-of-project events in November 2014, held in Glasgow and Cardiff.


Glasgow Event - Click here for flyer (pdf)


Cardiff Event - Flyer available here soon




Coral Project Interim Findings now available to download


Click here for Executive Summary Report (pdf)


Click here for Full Interim Report (pdf)







The Coral Project Newsletter (Issue 1)


The Coral Project Newsletter (Issue 2)




About the Project


The Coral Project, funded for two years by the ESRC is based at the University of Sunderland but is a collaborative project with the University of Leicester.

Click here for information on the research team.

National Community Survey 


Our UK-wide online survey (May to October 2013) was implemented to elicit data about relationship expectations, handling conflict and the experience and use of what might be perceived as violent and/or abusive behaviours in current and previous same-sex, bi and/or trans relationships.

Interviews with practitioners


This phase of the project led by Rebecca Barnes with input from Catherine Donovan, aimed to find out how much experience practitioners have had in responding to abusive partners in same-sex, bi and/or trans relationships and what their understandings are of why and how abuse takes place in these relationships.  We identified 50 agencies from across the UK that are involved in the development and delivery of voluntary or community-based perpetrator programmes, and to date, we have interviewed practitioners from 12 of these agencies.  Following approval from the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), we have also conducted interviews with Probation and Prison practitioners.

Interviews with survey respondents


Survey respondents were asked to provide contact details if they wanted to take part in a follow-up interview.  Using this information and the survey questionnaire as a filter, we were able to identify survey respondents eligible for invitation to an interview.  Interviews with a sub-sample of survey respondents have now been completed.

Focus groups with practitioners


Analysis of data from survey respondents and from interviews with practitioners were used to facilitate focus groups conducted with practitioners, in the final phase of data collection.

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