Arch North East and Barefoot Research and Evaluation (BRE) want to conduct research into the characteristics of purchasers of sex and the perpetrators of sexual exploitation.
A better understanding will help improve how existing services to victims and look into how to develop new services aimed at preventing sexual violence.
The research will enables partners across Cleveland to:
- Gain an understanding of the characteristics of purchasers of sex and perpetrators of exploitation, including what motivates them; their means of access; and the locations of operation;
- Identify points of intervention to disrupt, ‘treat’ or manage purchasers and perpetrators on micro and macro levels to prevent future victimisation.
It is expected that the research fieldwork will be complete by December 2016 / January 2017 with a final report expected February 2017.