Department of Psychology

Study into People affected by homicide

Mon Mar 07 16:21:00 GMT 2016

Psychologists at the University of Bath are working with the national charity, Escaping Victimhood. Together, they are conducting a new study aimed at improving the support available for individuals (family and friends) bereaved through murder and manslaughter. 

What does the research study involve?

The EV programme is the only programme of this type available, so it is very important to establish if it works and what works best. Therefore, a team at the University of Bath is currently undertaken an evaluation of the Escaping Victimhood (EV) programme. As part of that evaluation, it is important to recruit a control group (i.e., people who have been bereaved through murder and manslaughter but not attended the EV programme) in order to learn more about what is useful for individuals and what helps them cope and recover their lives after a traumatic experience.

How long will it take?

Participants will be asked to complete an online questionnaire (one single time point). The study will take between 20 and 30 mins.

When will the research take place?

This research will take place from March 2016 to March/April 2017.

Who can take part?

All participants must be over 18 years of age.All participants must have been bereaved through murder and manslaughter (terrorism acts included).

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All information collected as part of this study is fully confidential. All information will be stored in a locked filing cabinet and/or in a password protected file. The study has been fully approved by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee - University of Bath.  (Ref. 14-186). 

Why should you take part?

Everyone who takes part in the study will be offered the chance afterwards to attend an Escaping Victimhood programme, if they wish.
You will contribute towards important research that aims to help people in similar circumstances to you.
We do not anticipate that there will be any negative side effects of taking part.

Who can I contact for further information?

If you would like to take part in the study please contact us by email ( or or telephone (07 463782700).
Alternatively, you can access our study directly by following the link: