What will I be asked to do?
You are invited to a one-on-one interview with a researcher who will ask you questions about your experiences with violence in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The interview will take between 1 - 3 hours.
The interview will be recorded using a digital voice recorder. Once recorded, the interview will be transcribed (typed-up) and stored as a computer file and then destroyed once the results have been finalised. This is voluntary. What benefit will I gain from being involved in this study?
Whilst we recognise that being interviewed about experiences of abuse and trauma may be distressing there are many potential benefits for you to gain from this study. Expressing your voice can have many therapeutic benefits, giving you the opportunity to hear your story told.
As a participant in this research you will also have the opportunity to take part in a much-needed process to reduce and eliminate violence and abuse within the military. Telling your story will make you part of the process of reform, helping ensure your experiences are not felt by those who follow you.
Will I be identifiable by being involved in this study?
This is entirely up to you.
If you wish to remain anonymous we will ensure that occurs. Once the interview has been typed-up and saved as a file, your voice file will be destroyed. Any identifying information will be removed and the typed-up file stored on a password protected computer that only the coordinators (Dr Ben Wadham and Dr James Connor) will have access to. Your comments will not be linked directly to you.
However, you can also be named and have your comments linked to you if you wish. If you agree to be named in documents all materials will be sent to you prior to publishing for your comment. If you agree, we would like to have the option to make the transcript available to other researchers and/or advocacy organisations who are not members of this research team, but who are judged by the research team to be doing related work. This will only be a de-identified version.
Are there any risks or discomforts if I am involved?
There are some risks associated with your involvement.
These interviews will cover sensitive and difficult topics and may cause your stress or secondary trauma. We will work to mitigate this risk by checking in regularly through the interview on your well-being. You will also have the opportunity to stop or pause in the interviews as needed. You will not be required to answer any question you are not comfortable answering.
If you agree to be named within the publications, the publication of your details may bring attention and additional stress. We will explain and discuss all of these possibilities with you prior to publication of any materials to ensure you are comfortable and prepared with any impact their publication has.
If you decide to remain anonymous there is still the slight chance that other group members may be able to identify your contributions even though they will not be directly attributed to you. The investigators will do all we can to ensure this does not occur.
The investigators are working with ADFAbuse who will continue to provide emotional support during this process. ADFAbuse will be available to provide support if these interviews bring up any emotional trauma, and will help guide you through the process of the publication of any other material.
How do I agree to participate?
Participation is voluntary. You may answer ‘no comment’ or refuse to answer any questions and you are free to withdraw from the information at any time without effect or consequences. A consent form accompanies this information sheet. If you agree to participate please read and sign the form and send it back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This research project has been approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (Project number 7372). For more information regarding ethical approval of the project the Executive Officer of the Committee can be contacted by telephone on 8201 3116, by fax on 8201 2035 or by email email@example.com