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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) Professor Nicola Graham-Kevan: University of Central Lancashire

The Survivorship Experiences of Men and Boys of Crimes Currently Categorised by the Government as Crimes of Violence Against Women and Girls

The purpose of this research to better understand the lived experiences, support received and the impact on male survivors of a range of crimes categorised by the UK Government as being crimes of violence against women and girls*. The research is also aimed at exploring the impact and views of male survivors of being defined, categorised and classed in this way, alongside helping to form proposals to better support male victims and survivors.

Please use the link below if you would like to take part:


(2) 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

(3) Dr Anna Hopkins, Dr Shana Gander-Zaucker, and Dr Shona Morrison: Open University

We are researchers at the Open University are working with Thames Valley Police, North Yorkshire Police, and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary on a study exploring ‘evidence-led prosecutions’ in domestic abuse cases.

We would like to hear from women and men over 18 years in the Thames Valley Police area, North Yorkshire police area, and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary area whose case was progressed as an evidence-led prosecution (regardless of whether it reached court), ideally in the last two years.

To find out more about taking part please email the research team on:

(4) Daniella Willett: Coventry University

Investigating the impact of COVID-19 on intimate partner violence victimisation in the United Kingdom

My name is Daniella Willett and my research aims to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted rates of domestic abuse from intimate partners and the support available for victim-survivors. I am looking for participants who experienced any form of domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions (26/03/2020-24/02/2022). To participate, you must be over 18.

To ensure your wellbeing, you will not be able to take part if any of the following apply to you:

Brain injury, advanced dementia, degenerative neurological disorders, severe learning difficulties or severe mental health conditions.

Experiencing panic attacks or flashbacks about the experiences you plan to talk about.

Receiving any form of therapy for the experiences you have had in your relationships.

Currently experiencing any form of abuse from a partner.

You feel taking part will negatively impact your wellbeing.

Any cases discussed should be closed cases (not being investigated or awaiting trial). Taking part would involve an interview with myself via Microsoft Teams. It would take no longer than an hour and can be arranged at a suitable time for you. If a disclosure of a risk of harm to yourself or others is disclosed during interview, this would be discussed with you and passed onto the appropriate authorities to keep you and others safe.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact me:

Contact details:

Closing date: December 2023

(5) Victoria Scott: University of East Anglia

My name is Victoria Scott and I am a Trainee Educational Psychologist at the University of East Anglia. I am currently conducting research into academic achievement in those exposed to domestic abuse in childhood.

I am looking for adults (18+ inclusive) to interview on what they think helped them to achieve academically despite domestic abuse in childhood (0-17 inclusive). The aim is to eventually use this understanding to help those whose education is negatively impacted by domestic abuse.

If you are an adult aged 18-47, were educated in England, have a degree or equivalent and were exposed to domestic abuse during childhood, please click on this link for further information or email me

If you know me personally or professionally, please be aware that participation is entirely voluntary and if you choose not to participate it will not affect our relationship. If you do choose to volunteer then care will be taken to ensure it does not affect our relationship negatively.

If you have found this triggering the following are links to help you access appropriate domestic abuse services.

Women’s Aid Directory – Women’s Aid (

ManKind Initiative Directory – ManKind Initiative (

Closing date: February 2024

(6) Jagoda Szymanska: University of Essex

Research title: The relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence.

My name is Jagoda Szymanska and I am currently an MSc Criminology and
Criminal Psychology student at the University of Essex. I am conducting a study that aims to explore the relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence. I aim to investigate the lived experiences of people who had pets whilst in abusive relationships;
the importance of animals for people who are going through hardships of abusive relationships; and better ways to support survivors and their animals when fleeing from abusive relationships.

Why is my research important?
The impact of domestic violence on animals and the relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence is currently under-researched. Animals, as much as humans, experience domestic violence, and are often used as a tool for the abusers to coerce their partners. Leaving abusive relationships with animals can be more difficult, especially since there is limited support that is offered to survivors, and finding accommodation with pets is often close to impossible. This research can help to explore other or new means of support that could be offered to victims and will provide additional data for future research.

Will I be identified if I take part in this research?
No, participation in this research is voluntary and confidential. This research uses an anonymous survey and your data will be coded. The survey will not ask for or store any personal, identifiable information.

Can I get a final copy of the study?
Yes, you will be entitled to obtain a copy of the study when it’s finished. This can be done by contacting me via email provided below, or at the end of the survey.

What are the inclusion criteria?
Anybody who has living experience of being in an abusive relationship, whilst also having a pet.

If you are interested in taking part in the research, please take part in the survey:

Contact details:

Closing date: December 2023

 (7) 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:

(8) 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.