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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Completed Projects

Understanding Rape in West Yorkshire

A research project of the Department of Sociology.


West Yorkshire Rape Strategic Group commissioned research in order to understand rape as fully as possible as it is experienced throughout West Yorkshire.


  • To develop an up to date Problem Profile of rape across West Yorkshire
  • To identify gaps in service provision


We are using a multi-methodological approach, gathering qualitative and quantitative data to address the research questions. This includes: semi- structured interviews with service providers and policy makers, analysis of police data, GIS mapping of services and reported incidents, analysis of voluntary sector data.


The findings will be contained in a report to West Yorkshire Rape Strategic Group in April 2010.


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