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This essay will critically analyse the ethical issues portrayed in the study of researching domestic violence Ethical issues are inevitable in any research especially that of the sensitive population This essay will look at the ethical dilemmas of researching a sensitive population in relation to gaining access to the data This essay will also look at the safeguards that were put in place to potential ethical problems and analyse their suitability in regards to this research This essay will discuss these issues because they are the most problematic when researching victims of such sensitive topics such as domestic violence yet these issues are unavoidable when trying to get to investigate the hidden populationResearching the sensitive population poses many ethical concerns for researchers yet it is important to undertake such research to illuminate the darker corners of society Lee 1993 p2 The most problematic concern is that of gaining access to the sensitive population Hoyle outlines that gaining access to such data is not as simple as we deem but rather an on-going process which may last the whole duration of the research Hoyle 2000 p395 However gaining access to a sensitive population can create many ethical dilemmas such as consent and right to privacy Maxwell 1996 summarises that the process of access is much more complex and rarely involves any approximation to total access Maxwell 199666 In Hoyles research we see this difficulty of access when she interviewed an unwilling victim on her doorstep Hoyle 2000 p403 Hoyle here had breached the Socio-Legal Research Ethical guidelines The statement of principles of ethical research practice 2009 711- Obtaining consent As far as possible socio-legal research should be based on the freely given or informed written consent of those studied SLSA 2009 p4 Hoyle did not get any form of consent prior the interview and did not get consent to use the data after The victim stating I dont care what you do with my
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