SAVI 20 Years On

8 December 2022, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

In 2002, given the lack of data on how prevalent sexual violence was in Ireland, DRCC commissioned some research, to be conducted by Hannah McGee, Rebecca Garavan, Mairéad de Barra, Joanne Byrne and Ronán Conroy of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

What became known as the SAVI report - on Sexual Abuse & Violence in Ireland - describes the personal experiences of more than 3000 people, surveyed on their attitudes towards and experience of all forms of sexual violence, both as adults and as children. 

20 years on, this ground-breaking research has not been replicated, meaning Ireland has not had updated data on the prevalence of sexual violence. However, a new study - the Sexual Violence Survey - is now underway, being conducted by the Central Statistics Office. We invite you to join us as we take a look back at SAVI and its impact, as well as what is planned in the new survey and how its authors have learned from the previous work.

Line-up: After an introduction from our own Noeline Blackwell, we are delighted to announce that the keynote address will be from original SAVI author, Prof Hannah McGee of RCSI. We will hear from Helen McGrath of the CSO on the new survey and the challenges it has faced, Philip McCormack of the Department of Justice on the influence of SAVI on the Department's work over the past two decades, and Adam May & Sarah Monaghan on DRCC's new consent research & the impact of SAVI on it.

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers with the panellists.

Please register for this free online event on our Zoom page.

Irish Sign Language interpretation will be provided and a recording of the event will be available on DRCC's YouTube channel.

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