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Academic surveys

From time to time, the charity receives request from academics or the media who would like male victims to take part in surveys. These form an important part of helping to ensure that the needs of male victims are adequately addressed.

The ManKind Initiative, however, does not take any responsibility for the content of these surveys or the requests.


If you are a male survivor and your ex-partner was convicted, we receive calls from the media regularly asking to speak to male survivors – if this is something you could consider helping with , please contact Mark Brooks via

(1) Dr Ben Hine: University of West London

New Research – We’re exploring a critical issue: Homelessness among men due to domestic violence and abuse (DVA). If you’ve experienced homelessness in the UK in the last 10 years and it’s related to DVA, we need to hear your story.

Your experiences matter and can make a difference. If you’re a man over 18 in the UK who has faced these challenges, please contact for an interview. Let’s shed light on this issue and drive change.

(2) Amy Lunn: Oxford University

We are Trainee Clinical Psychologists at the University of Oxford, conducting research to understand the impact of adverse life events on a range of mental health difficulties, specifically, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Panic Disorder. So far, research hasn’t given us an understanding on how different life experiences are connected to a range of mental health symptoms. Particularly, men are often underrepresented in trauma research, and we are keen to improve this.  Without this evidence, it is extremely difficult to develop effective support and help provided by services, clinicians, commissioners and charities. Our research hopes to build evidence to help those struggling with mental health difficulties.

We are hoping to recruit individuals who identify as having as having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Our study has received ethical approval from the University of Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC) (Approval Number: R89339/RE001). The study includes a short phone call/team call and an online survey and should take around 30 minutes. The following link has further details relating to our study:

To take part, please email

Closing date: November 2024

(3) Dr Alice Phillips: University College London

Do you think your childhood experiences have shaped your relationship dynamics as an adult?

We are looking for UK-based adults (18+) who experienced childhood maltreatment and domestic violence, to take part in an online interview. Your thoughts and opinions will help shape support for people in the future. Sometimes it is difficult to know whether childhood maltreatment and domestic violence is what you’ve experienced. Everyone’s situation is unique. To help with this, we have put some common definitions on our information sheet, which you can access on the link below.

This research has been co-designed with lived-experienced advisors, and has been approved by UCL’s ethics committee.

If think that you would like to take part in this project, use our sign-up form:

If you have any questions, please contact us on

Closing date:  September 2024

(4) Isabella Da Silva: University of Nottingham

I am currently exploring male victim’s experiences of intrusive/stalking behaviours from intimate partners. Intrusive behaviours include but are not limited to unwanted communication, unexpectedly turning up at your workplace or home, invading personal space, spying, hacking into social media accounts, damage to property or making threats. Intimate partners include Ex/current spouse, partner, or romantic dating.

The criterion for the study includes male individuals over the age of 18, who experienced socially intrusive behaviours for a duration of 4 weeks or more and on 10 or more occasions within a heterosexual relationship.

The study will involve an anonymous informal interview via Microsoft Teams, which will remain confidential. The interview will last approximately 45-60 minutes.

The study will provide male victims of intimate partner stalking a space to talk about their experiences as much of the research has focused on female victimisation and male perpetration of stalking. The research hopes to provide professionals and the public with an awareness of the impact of stalking on male victims and an empowered space to share your experiences.

If you would like to take part or have any further questions please email:

Closing date: 31st August 2024

(5) Olivia Sewell: University of Exeter

My name is Olivia Sewell, I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist completing my doctoral training at the University of Exeter.

I would like to invite you to this research project which seeks to understand how male survivors of interpersonal violence found seeking help.

I am seeking to speak with individuals whose sex is male*, who is over the age of eighteen, living in the UK, and who has sought support within the last 2 years following experiences of physical or sexual, or psychological abuse perpetrated within an on-going relationship. The experiences may be recent or longstanding.

Participation in this study involves speaking with me about your experiences of seeking help for the impact of interpersonal violence in a personal research interview via video-conferencing technology. Participants will receive a £20 voucher in compensation for their time.

Participation is confidential and participants will not be identifiable from the findings.

The experiences of male survivors of interpersonal violence have been under-recognised and understudied. It is hoped that research such as the present study will ultimately contribute to increased knowledge, reduced cultural stigma and improved psychological support for male survivors.

* We recognise that gender identity and gender expression are individual and can be fluid. We are inviting participants whose sex is male, including all and any gender identities and those who are unsure of their gender identity. We respect and value difference and we hope to speak with individuals with a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations.

This study is open for participation now. Please contact Olivia to find out more and participate via email on

Closing date: 1st August 2024 or when sufficient participants have been recruited

(6) Vasileios Xynorodos: University of East London

Doctoral research project: Experiences of talking therapies amongst UK-based male survivors of domestic abuse in heterosexual relationships.

My name is Vasileios Xynorodos and I am a Trainee Counselling Psychologist at the University of East London. As part of my studies, I am conducting research into heterosexual men’s experiences of talking therapies following domestic abuse incidents perpetrated by their female partner.

The goal of the research project would be to explore the efficiency of the available therapeutic support to the survivors of female perpetrated domestic abuse. It will also try to shed light into how concepts of masculinity, societal expectations and social stigmatisation might influence the outcome of the treatment.

The findings of the study will contribute to the cultivation of further awareness of the implications of the multifaceted phenomenon of domestic abuse in the male population amongst the therapeutic community. Furthermore, it aspires to instigate the development of specialised services to address the needs of the male population affected by domestic abuse.

To address the study aims, I am inviting heterosexual men aged 18-75 that have received any form of talking therapy following incidents of domestic abuse they experienced while being in any form of relationship with a female partner (romantic relationship, sexual relationship, friendship with benefits).

To be eligible to participate to this study, your gender assigned to you at birth should be male and the course of therapy that you received regarding the domestic abuse you experienced should have concluded within the last 15 years.

Due to the nature of my study that might trigger psychological pain and emotional discomfort through the “reliving” of traumatic experiences, you will not be able to participate in this study if are currently receiving treatment or are still in a relationship where domestic abuse occurs.

Participation will consist of an online 60-90 minute interview on Microsoft Teams.

Participation in this study is voluntary and confidential. Any identifying information you provide me with will be anonymised and stored securely on a UEL database following the university’s guidelines and policies.

If you are interested in participating to my research study, please email me at Thank you very much.

Closing date: August 2024

(7) Dr Kat Hadjimatheou: University of Essex

My name is Dr Kat Hadjimatheou, I’m running a British Academy-funded national survey for people who have experience of accessing the DVDS or being offered a right to know disclosure. The aim is to gather evidence to understand victims/survivors perspectives on how the scheme is working. Results are differentiated by force area and will be fed back to local services to inform and improve practice.

Have you applied for or received a Clare’s Law (DVDS) disclosure? If so, please consider completing this short, anonymous survey and helping us to gather evidence on how the scheme is working and how it can be improved. You can enter a prize draw for two £50 shopping vouchers.

Closing date: 30 September 2024

(8) Clare Cannon: University of California at Davis

This research is to further our understanding of evidence-based practices for domestic violence perpetrator treatment – based on the views of domestic abuse and survivors.

Anyone over the age of 18 who has experienced domestic violence is welcome to take part. If you would like to take part, please follow the link below:

(9) Dr Ben Hine: University of West London

My name is Ben Hine and I am a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of West London. The focus of this project is the experiences of third party callers that have accessed the ManKind Initiative helpline on behalf of somebody else. My aim is to understand the potential barriers which may prevent some men from accessing help themselves. This study has been approved by the UWL ethics committee.

Participation of this survey is voluntary and all data will be kept confidential. You have the right to withdraw your data at any point should you decide to take part, and can leave questions blank if you do not wish to answer them. The survey consists of 5 demographic questions, followed by 11 open-ended questions. The survey may take around 20 minutes or longer, depending on how much detail you choose to go into.