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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.

Media/Survivors

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 chairman@mankind.org.uk

(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 Ben.Hine@uwl.ac.uk for an interview. Let’s shed light on this issue and drive change.

(2) Megan Booth: University of Bolton

I am looking for males over the age of 18 to participate in an anonymous survey taking approximately 10 minutes. As a female working in the domestic abuse sector supporting predominantly female victims and survivors, I observe the lack of current strategies for violence against men and boys in comparison to women and girls.

What’s more, suicide is statistically the biggest killer in males under 50, and with issues such as victim blaming, it’s no surprise violence against men and boys is a public health issue that is so under reported. This simply needs to change.

The study I am conducting is looking at the impact that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and domestic abuse and violence has on resilience, self-esteem and anti-mattering in males. Your participation is so important and contributes to the fight for change.

If you would like to take part, please follow the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnMHmOkT81XUtdAjXRt8elWGy0goMiF8Fb9vnyWkS56Dg62g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Closing date: 18th May 2024

(3) Gillian Hope: Glasgow Caledonian University

I’m currently exploring transgender mens’ experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) and help-seeking in IPV. IPV is defined as “behaviour within an intimate relationship that causes physical, sexual or psychological harm, including acts of physical aggression, sexual coercion, psychological abuse and controlling behaviours” (World Health Organization, 2022). Recent research indicates that masculine norms may impact help-seeking in men who experience IPV (Hogan et al., 2024), and so this research aims to explore the experiences of an under-researched group in order to explore this experience from a trans man’s perspective and understand what may be helpful in providing support to this community should they experience IPV.

If you’re a trans man, aged 18+, who lives in the UK and has experienced IPV and is willing and feels able to discuss this with the researcher, please contact me on ghope300@caledonian.ac.uk. Information sheets, consent forms and discussion of questions to be asked can be provided, and interviews will be approximately an hour long on Microsoft Teams.

Closing date:  31st May 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: ms-stalk-research@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk

Closing date: 31st of August 2024

(5) Dr Antoinette Huber: University of Liverpool

The research team at the University of Liverpool are looking to speak with male victim-survivors of digital domestic abuse / coercive control. This includes any kinds of abuse or control from former partners which is facilitated by technology. Some examples include, but are not limited to, phones, social media and other online platforms/apps, tracking devices, digital devices in the home (i.e. smart devices).

We would like to speak with victim-survivors who are now out of the relationship regardless of whether they have reported their experiences to the police as understanding the nature of such abuse is a key part of the project.

If you think you may be able to help by sharing your experiences with the research team, or would like more information on the study, please get in contact with Antoinette Huber by emailing a.huber@liverpool.ac.uk. Your participation will remain confidential and anonymous. If you are unsure whether your experiences fall within the remit of the study, please still get in contact and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

(6) Kathryn Merry: University of Coventry

I am looking for male participants aged 18 and over to take part in 1:1 semi structured interviews to explore men’s experience of female partners using their career/ job role as a tool for domestic abuse, specifically, forms of coercive control, emotional and psychological abuse, economic abuse and parental alienation. Interviews will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams. Men must no longer be in the relationship to be eligible.

The purpose of this research is to address a gap in literature, this study aims to provide insight into the finer details of what abuse can look like in order to aid services supporting male victims, further understand how men are experiencing this type of abuse through the use of gender societal structures and add to a neglected area of literature and research of understanding female perpetrators and the possible ways male victims experience abuse. Specifically, coercive control, as much of the previous literature has focused on physical abuse where there is an evidence base that can be used for prosecution.

The audio interviews will be transcribed using pseudonyms, and audio recordings deleted immediately after transcription. Data will then be analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Interviews will take place at a time and date convenient to participants. Men will be fully informed of the research prior and required to give consent. A full debrief will be provided and signposts to relevant support services after the interview. This research has received ethical approval from Coventry University and a certificate can be provided if necessary.

If you feel you are suitable and want to take part in the study, or would like further information please contact me on merryk6@coventry.ac.uk

This study will close once the participant requirement has been reached

(7) Fiona Wilson: Family Therapy Trainee

I am recruiting participants for research I am currently undertaking as part of my Master’s level Family Therapy training in the United Kingdom. I am hoping to recruit participants with lived experience of parental alienation followed by reunification of this relationship.

By parental alienation, I am referring to the experience where as a child you would have demonstrated a strong affinity for one parent and rejection of the other parent. The negative relationship with the alienated parent would have been caused by your other parent. I am interested in how this relationship, once fractured, has become reunified.

Involvement in this study would involve one hour-long interview with myself with questions focusing mainly on themes surrounding the research question. It would be conducted over Zoom at a time suitable to you. I will be taking direct quotes from our interviews and anonymising them within the research.

If this is something you would like to learn more about, please contact me at fiona.wilsonpastudy@gmail.com

Please be aware that I will select participants based on your date of interest and, should you not be offered a space to participate, I will inform you by email.

On receipt of your email, I will send you an information sheet with further detailed information and a consent form, should you choose to opt in to be part of the study

(8) 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 os404@exeter.ac.uk

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

(9) 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 u2178504@uel.ac.uk. Thank you very much.

Closing date: August 2024

(10) 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.

https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_88RMC7HkIfUjTqm

Closing date: 30 September 2024

(11) 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: cprl-elp-study@open.ac.uk

(12) 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:

https://ucdavis.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bIOnkfs35GMkO5U

(13) 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.

Survey: https://uwlpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_efdH4Udriywe9Lf