“Walking on egg shells”: a qualitative examination of men’s experiences of intimate partner violence

Bates, Elizabeth ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8694-8078 (2019) “Walking on egg shells”: a qualitative examination of men’s experiences of intimate partner violence. Psychology of Men and Masculinities .

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Research has demonstrated the prevalence of men’s victimisation in intimate relationships (e.g. Archer, 2000; Bates, Graham-Kevan & Archer, 2014), but little research has explored these experiences in a non-help-seeking sample. The aim of this study was to qualitatively explore men’s experience of intimate partner violence (IPV) from their female partners. An online questionnaire was utilised with a series of open-ended questions that explored: experiences of verbal, physical and sexual aggression as well as different aspects of coercive controlling behavior. Results revealed that the men within this sample experienced a range of aggression that was both severe and injurious at times, however their most impactful experiences were from the control their female partners exerted over them. This included gaslighting, isolating from friends and family, control over basic freedom, and the fear or uncertainty of living with the abuse in day-to-day life. Findings are discussed in line with men’s help-seeking behavior, and current policy and practice.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Psychology of Men and Masculinities
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 1939-151X
Departments: Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Applied Psychology and Social Studies
Additional Information: © 2018, American Psychological Association. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the final, authoritative version of the article. Please do not copy or cite without authors' permission.
Depositing User: Elizabeth Bates
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 15:09
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 08:47
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4194


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