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ServiceDomestic Abuse-related suicides research
Commissioning LeadAlethea Fuller
Period1st December 2021 – 31st March 2022 (with final research reports deliverable by 30th April 2022)
Value of ResearchMinimum bid value: £50,000.00 Maximum bid value: £400,000.00

The Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is seeking a research partner to bid for funding through the Home Office Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Fund 2021/22 to conduct research on Domestic Abuse-related suicides.

Below is the Home Office’s specification for this funding to which any submission made must meet the criteria.

Home Office Spec Download

The Home Office has specified that research in relation to Domestic Abuse-related suicides (Research Q7) should explore the link between domestic abuse and suicide for perpetrators of domestic abuse and their victims. Particular areas of interest include:

• Understanding whether domestic abuse increases the risk of individuals dying by suicide

• If any demographics are more likely to be impacted by suicide

• If the perpetration of certain forms of domestic abuse is more likely to result in either the perpetrator or victim dying by suicide.

The Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is particularly interested in taking an intersectional approach to this research that explores disproportionality in suicide and the links it has with Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage and the extent to which honour plays a role in domestic abuse-related suicide. We also have particular interest in research which involves the specialist domestic abuse sector and by and for organisations.

We are hoping that any research in this space will support our Policy development and help drive change and improvement nationally around this issue.

If you are interested in working with the Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to conduct this research, then please submit a proposal to Imogen Cheatham by 10am, Monday 18th October 2021.

The research proposal should be a concise and coherent summary of your proposed research questions. It should outline the general area of study within which your research falls, referring to the current state of knowledge and any recent debates on the topic, as well as demonstrate the originality of your proposed research. Please also indicate the cost of your proposed research activity if possible.

The Home Office bid submission deadline is 12 noon, Thursday 21st October. Any parties interested in delivering this research on behalf of the OPCC must be able to work closely and at pace with the OPCC policy team to produce a final bid Monday 18th October – Wednesday 20th October 2021.