Hidden victims: men’s experiences of domestic violence

Bates, Elizabeth (2017) Hidden victims: men’s experiences of domestic violence. In: Domestic Abuse Conference: Protecting and Supporting Victims, 22 June 2017, University of Salford, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Current research and statistics support that there are significant number of men who experience domestic violence from a female partner (e.g. Bates, Graham-Kevan & Archer, 2014; Bates & Graham-Kevan, 2016). Critics of this literature often suggest that men’s victimisation is less impactful but there have been few studies that have explored men’s victimisation experiences of both physical aggression and control. The aim of the current study was to qualitatively explore men’s experience of aggression and control from a female partner using an online, open-ended questionnaire. Results revealed that men experienced significant verbal and physical aggression from a partner as well as control, manipulation and psychological abuse. They further reported facing significant barriers in help-seeking and often reported having told no one about their abuse. Findings are discussed with reference to the literature on men’s help-seeking, and also to current policy and practice around service provision.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: Applied Psychology and Social Studies
Additional Information: Invited speaker and conference Chair.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 17:10
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2018 19:40
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3465

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