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School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
University of Nottingham, Wollaton Road, NG8 1BB

Study Title: Views towards Cyber-Stalking and its Victims
Ethics Reference Number: 281-1904

Name of Researcher(s): Amy Goodwill and Dr Simon Duff

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study.  Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. One of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have (Please see contact details given at the end of this sheet).  Please take time to read this carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.  Ask us anything that is not clear.  

What is the purpose of the research?

The purpose of the study is to explore people’s views towards cyberstalking in order to fill a gap in existing research and knowledge. The study aims to investigate what influences a person’s views towards cyberstalking victims. At the present time there is limited research in victim perceptions in cyberstalking and so the current research aims to develop the understanding in this area in order to further support cyber stalking victims.

Why have I been invited to take part?

You have been invited to take part in this research because the study is looking to recruit as many people over the age of 18 who are internet users to gather opinions on cyberstalking victims

Do I have to take part?

No. It is up to you to decide if you want to take part in this research. If you agree to participate, we will ask you to sign a consent form and will give you a copy to keep.  However, you would still be free to withdraw from the study at any time, without giving a reason and without any negative consequences, by advising the researchers of this decision.  This would not affect your legal rights. If you are a student at the University of Nottingham, there would be no disadvantages to your study or to you personally if you decide not to take part in this study, or if you decide to withdraw at any point.


  1. What will happen to me if I take part?

After reading the information sheet and consenting to partake in the study you will be asked to complete a survey which will take approximately 20 minutes. The first part of the survey will ask you about demographic information. You will then be asked to answer questions about yourself. After this you will read a hypothetical situation and be asked questions about the scenario. There is no right or wrong answer and so you can answer as truthfully as you would like.


2.     Are there any risks in taking part?

There are no perceived risks in taking part in the study, however if you do feel affected by any of the questions asked then please do not hesitate to contact any of the researchers for further support.


3.     Are there any benefits in taking part?

There will be no direct benefit to you from taking part in this research but your contribution will help.


4.     What happens to the data provided? 

No data you give will be identifiable to you. All data will be stored electronically and securely. The research will be written up for publication however all of the findings will be aggregated and therefore will not be identifiable to you.

All research data and records will be stored for a minimum of 7 years after publication or public release of the work of the research.  

We would like your permission to use anonymised data in future studies, and to share our research data (e.g. in online databases) with other researchers in other Universities and organisations both inside and outside the European Union.  This would be used for research in health and social care. Sharing research data is important to allow peer scrutiny, re-use (and therefore avoiding duplication of research) and to understand the bigger picture in particular areas of research.All personal information that could identify you will be removed or changed before information is shared with other researchers or results are made public.


5.     What will happen if I don’t want to carry on with the study?

Even after you have signed the consent form, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time without giving any reason and without your legal rights being affected. Any personal data will be destroyed. 


6.     Who will know that I am taking part in this research?

All information collected about you during this research would be kept strictly confidential.  All such data are kept on password-protected databases sitting on a restricted access computer system.

Under UK Data Protection laws the University is the Data Controller (legally responsible for the data security) and the Chief Investigator of this study (named above) is the Data Custodian (manages access to the data). This means we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited as we need to manage your information in specific ways to comply with certain laws and for the research to be reliable and accurate. To safeguard your rights we will use the minimum personally – identifiable information possible.

You can find out more about how we use your information and to read our privacy notice at:


Designated individuals of the University of Nottingham may be given access to data for monitoring and/or audit of the study to ensure we are complying with guidelines.  


7.    What will happen to the results of the research?

The findings will be used by Amy Goodwill as a doctoral thesis for the Doctorate in Forensic Psychology programme at University of Nottingham. The study findings may also be presented at a professional conference or appear in a professional journal at a later date. As stated above, all information you consent to be used will be used in confidence and anonymously. The research is being supervised by Dr Simon Duff, Director of Stage II Forensic Training at University of Nottingham.


8.    Who has reviewed this study?

All research involving people is looked at by an independent group of people, called a Research Ethics Committee, to protect your interests. This study has been reviewed and given favourable opinion bythe Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee (Reference number: FMHS 281-1904).


9.    What if something goes wrong?

If you have a concern about any aspect of this project, please speak to the researcher Amy Goodwill or the Principal Investigator Dr Simon Duff, who will do their best to answer your query.  The researcher should acknowledge your concern within 10 working days and give you an indication of how he/she intends to deal with it.  If you remain unhappy and wish to complain formally, you can do this by contacting the FMHS Research Ethics Committee Administrator, Faculty Hub, Medicine and Health Sciences, E41, E Floor, Medical School, Queen’s Medical Centre Campus, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham, NG7 2UH or via E-mail:


10.  Contact Details

If you would like to discuss the research with someone beforehand (or if you have questions afterwards), please contact: 

Amy Goodwill

Dr Simon Duff