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This essay outlines key ethical, logistical and emotional challenges encountered during the recruitment phase of a sensitive research study on how to improve the housing assistance intake process for survivors of intimate partner violence. Challenges included inclusivity of recruitment protocols, mandated reporting, and compassion fatigue. It argues that as recruitment is a vital component of the research process, care must be taken to design flexible protocols with the needs of the community in mind. It concludes by discussing the steps research team members can take to prepare students for sensitive research.


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19 Jul 2022
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  • Alternative title
    • Obstacles in Recruitment

  • Journal title
    • Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

  • Volume
    • 13

  • Issue
    • 1

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

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