Endorsed Research

RAC Endorsement R2013-02 (Fawcett) Intimate Partner Violence in BDSM Relationships

The Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) has completed a community and technical review of the protocol, Survey on Intimate Partner Abuse Among Practitioners of BDSM/Leather/Kink Lifestyles

The CARAS Research Advisory Committee (RAC) has voted to grant a formal endorsement for the protocol.  The RAC believes that this protocol has scientific/scholarly merit, follows standard ethical procedures and policies, and offers a prospect of benefit to the community being addressed. The benefit to the community is clear: improving the health and well-being of the BDSM/kink communities is enhanced with the documentation of the incidence of intimate partner violence, and the kinds of responses people in the BDSM/kink communities receive from the helping agencies and domestic violence programs.

RAC members participating in this review were Richard A. Sprott, Ph.D. (Chair; academic, psychology); Sarah Taub, Ph.D. (academic, linguistics/cognitive science); Emily Prior, M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (community member); Bert Cutler, PhD (academic, sexology); Yulia Brockdorf, CS (academic, clinical sexology) and Chris Farrington, graduate studies in psychology (community member). 

January 4, 2014