“I’ve never felt such absolute devastating loss”: A photo elicitation exploration of men’s post-separation experiences of coping after intimate partner violence

Bates, Elizabeth and Taylor, Julie (2020) “I’ve never felt such absolute devastating loss”: A photo elicitation exploration of men’s post-separation experiences of coping after intimate partner violence. Partner Abuse . Item availability may be restricted.

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Abstract

Current research and statistics support that there are a significant number of male victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), yet less is known about how men cope with, and indeed move on from, these experiences post-separation. The aim of the current study is to discuss the findings from a photo elicitation study exploring men’s post-separation experiences of coping after IPV experiences; photo-elicitation as a method of interviewing is simply the use of photos within an interview setting (Harper, 2002), they are used as a stimulus to elicit richer accounts of the topic under study (Frith & Harcourt, 2007). We interviewed 16 men who brought photos that represented their experience for discussion. Interviews were analysed thematically, and several overarching themes were identified: a) Power, b) Post-separation Support, c) Systemic Injustice and Separation, d) Impact and Change. Men described the ways in which they engaged in mechanisms to help their “recovery” and help them to cope, but these efforts were often hampered by ongoing issues of power with their ex-partners, gender stereotyped treatment, a lack of support from systems they approached for help, and separation from their children. Findings are discussed in relation to current legislation and practice, with recommendations made around the need for tailored support and intervention to support men and their children.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Partner Abuse
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1946-6579
Departments: Departments > Institute of Health > Psychology and Psychological Therapies
Depositing User: Elizabeth Bates
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2020 08:40
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2021 14:02
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5814

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