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.

Riva Coupland – University of East London

I am a postgraduate student in the School of Psychology at the University of East London conducting research into men’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse when the perpetrator is a woman. I hope to gather information from abused men about the processes they go through when considering seeking help and support, with the aim of giving abused men a voice in an area of research where they are underrepresented, as well as generate insight into how mental health practitioners can best serve their needs. I am looking to involve people who:

  • Identify as male
  • Are aged 18 years or older
  • Have experienced domestic violence (such as physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, financial, or controlling) from a female romantic partner
  • Can communicate in English

 Participants will take part in a private audio-recorded interview with me at a time and place that suits them. Participants are free to withdraw their involvement at any time and I will do my best to ensure that they feel safe and comfortable throughout the process. Every effort will be made to ensure that their identities remain anonymous. If you are interested in participating, or know of anybody who may be interested, please contact me at

Helen Gowlett – University of Portsmouth

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Portsmouth where I am exploring why male victims of domestic abuse under report to the police. The purpose is to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences male survivors have and the barriers they face in reporting their abuse to the police. I am looking for men to take part in an informal telephone interview who have been in a relationship with a female partner, where they have experienced physical and verbal aggression, emotional aggression, and/or who have felt they have been controlled and manipulated by their partner. You must be aged over 18. See my Information Sheet for more detail.

If you are interested in taking part or require further information, please email:

Both Parents Matters – Families Need Fathers (Wales/Cymru)

This survey intends to close the knowledge gap around the experience of men as victims / survivors and improve the understanding of the experience of male victims / survivors of domestic violence and abuse by Government, statutory services  – for example – Police, Health  and the Third Sector .

The link to the survey can be found here.

Philippa Laskey, University of Cumbria

I’m currently conducting a piece of research through the University of Cumbria that will investigate the experiences of domestic abuse victims. This is in order to raise awareness of the types of abuse that can occur, and that domestic abuse can happen to anyone. I especially want to highlight the experiences of understudied victim groups such as male victims and victims from the LGBTQ+ community.

I would really like to hear from anyone who has experienced domestic abuse in a previous relationship. The study will involve you taking part in an interview that should last between an hour and an hour and a half. The interview can be conducted either face-to-face (at the Fusehill Street campus of the university in Carlisle, Cumbria) or through Skype, at a time that is convenient for you. You will be asked questions about the relationship you experienced abuse in, the types of abuse you experienced, and the whether you accessed help for the abuse. Participants need to be over 18 and the relationship they experienced abuse in needs to have ended at least 6 months ago. If you would like to take part, or would like some more information, then please contact me on

Natalie Hobson, University of Birmingham

I am currently undertaking a postgraduate research project concerning male experiences of female perpetrated domestic violence.


I am looking for male survivors, over the age of 18, to take part in an informal interview, either face to face or via telephone. These interviews will enable me to gain a deeper understanding of the unique experiences male survivors have, and the struggles they face or have faced in the past. By talking to me about your own experiences, you can help me challenge negative societal attitudes and raise awareness of female perpetrated violence, which ultimately could help other male victims/survivors in the future. If you would be interested in taking part in the project and would like more information please email:


Rashad Rasib: University of Bradford (Forced Marriage & South Asian Male Victims)

This research study is looking at the experiences of South Asian men who have been or were at risk of forced marriage. My name is Rashad and I am a PhD researcher at the University of Bradford. I would like to talk with you if you are male, aged 18 and above, of South-Asian background and have been or were at risk of forced marriage and are not in any immediate danger. I would like to talk to you even if the marriage did not take place.

This study will involve an in-depth interview and can take place in person, over the phone or through Skype. The interview itself will usually last between one to two hours. However, you are free to stop the interview at any time. You can also refuse to answer any questions without giving a reason. A copy of the general questions will be provided before the interview. With your permission, the interview will be audio recorded.

For detailed information, please visit or contact me and I will try to answer any questions you may have: or call/text/WhatsApp on 07572920132.

National Broadcaster: Stalking Survivors

A reputable national broadcaster is looking to speak to male survivors of stalking from an ex-partner. If you can help, please find out more information via this Stalking Survivors Advert.

Andrea Ley – University of Portsmouth

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Portsmouth where I am examining the under-reporting of male victims of domestic abuse, The aim of the research is to critically review the nature and prevalence of coercive control in domestic abuse cases, in respect of male victims. This will contribute to the significant lack of academic research regarding male victims due to research on crime focusing on men as the perpetrators and women as victims. The study then proposes to critically review the current policy on coercive control regarding male victims. The aim is to ultimately add to the body of knowledge on domestic abuse against men by exploring the underlying issues faced by abused men and to identify the barriers that inhibit abused men from disclosing and seeking assistance from both informal and formal support networks. The purpose of the online study is to gain an insight into male victims experiences of domestic abuse and to identify patterns of abuse male victims experience or have experienced.

To find out more and to take part in the study please follow this link:

Miss Natalie Quinn – Walker: University of Wolverhampton

I am currently a Public Health Masters at the University of Wolverhampton, and interested in developing an understanding of the experiences of domestic abuse male victims when attending healthcare services. The aim of the research is to assist in the development of healthcare professional’s awareness of how to identify and support male victims of domestic abuse. This research will be focusing on male victims who have experienced domestic abuse by a female partner and have attended medical attention due to physical injuries.

Dr Elizabeth Bates: University of Cumbria

I am a senior lecturer in applied psychology at the University of Cumbria. I am interested in understanding men’s experiences of conflict, aggression and control within intimate relationships with female partners. I hope that understanding men’s experiences will help inform service provision and tackle barriers men face in asking for help.

To take part, I am looking for men who have been in a relationship with a female partner, where they have experienced physical and verbal aggression, emotional aggression, and/or who have felt they have been controlled and manipulated by their partner.

Participants will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey made up of some brief demographic questions, and some open ended questions about experiences around relationship conflict. This could take around 30-45 minutes.

To find out more, and to take part, please follow this link:

Hannah Wiseman: clinical psychology doctoral student from Bath University:

I am a clinical psychology doctoral student from Bath. I am interested in understanding how young adults who have been in abusive relationships respond to and think about their experiences. I hope that by understanding this, we will be able to improve how health services support and help individuals who have been in these situations.

To take part in this study we are looking for individuals between 18 and 25 years of age, who have been in a relationship where they have been physically, sexually or emotionally hurt or who have felt that they were being controlled.

Participants will be asked to complete an online survey about how they responded and thought about these experiences. The survey can be completed online and should take 20-30 minutes. For each participant we will donate £2 to a chosen charity.

Please follow this link to find out more about this study: