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.


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

(1) Dr Elizabeth Bates: University of Cumbria

My name is Dr Elizabeth Bates and I am Principal Lecturer in Psychology and Psychological Therapies at the University of Cumbria.

I’m working with my colleagues from UCLan here in the UK, as well as colleagues from US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. We are conducting a study about men (aged 18-59) who have experienced aggression from a romantic partner (of any gender) at some point during their life.

To find out more information and to take part, please click the following link:

(1a) Rachael Giles-Haigh – Northumbria University

Difficulties in male same-sex relationships

This PhD study is exploring ‘difficulties in male same-sex relationships’ and help-seeking behaviour. Research in this area, which focuses entirely on sexual minority men has received little attention generally, even less so in the UK.  The results from this research will help to gain a better understanding of some of the difficulties sexual minority men have faced in their relationships, as well as, aiding government organisations and support services to improve their service provision for sexual minority men.  

You are welcome to take part if: 

  • You are male / Over 18 / Live in the UK / Have been in male same-sex relationships in the past 

Participation involves filling out the survey which should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. There will also be the option to conduct a follow-up interview (if you wish).

Any questions please contact: Rachael Giles-Haigh, Northumbria University

(1c) Laura Threadgold – University College London

I am conducting an online survey looking at the relationship between childhood experiences and later adult health and well-being, with the hope of better understanding how we can best promote positive outcomes for those who have experienced adversity in their lives. This is the first study of this kind to be conducted in the UK and we really need as many people as possible to take part. The study consists of a brief online survey which takes no longer than 10 minutes to complete. This has received full ethical approval from the UCL Research Ethics Committee. 

The link to the online survey:  

Closing date – end of July 2021

(2) Isobel Chaplin (Nottingham)

Are you a male, aged 18 or older, who has been victim to intimate partner violence (IPV)? If so, would you agree to participate in a voluntary research study to help us understand more about this important area?.

The study will involve a one-off interview over Microsoft Teams, lasting up to 90 minutes. During this time a Masters researcher at the University of Nottingham will seek your consent to proceed through an interview on your experience, as far as you feel comfortable discussing this, and the effect it may have had on you, including on thoughts towards yourself. In addition to this in-depth interview, you will also be asked to complete several standard questionnaires on your mental health. 

Participation is completely voluntary, and all responses will be anonymised prior to analysis and publication of findings.  

We would be very interested in hearing from you if feel you could contribute to this work. To find out more, or to volunteer, please email the lead researcher, Isobel Chaplin.



(3) George Mason University

Researchers at George Mason University and Montclair State University are conducting a study on men who experienced aggression from their romantic partners. If you are a man between the ages of 18-59 and have experienced aggression from a romantic partner at some point during your life, you may be eligible to participate in this study. We invite you to follow this link [1]  where you can complete an Internet survey about your experiences. The survey takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, is under the direction of Denise A. Hines, Ph.D., George Mason University, and is being funded by George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services.  Please contact Dr. Hines at or 1-703-993-2024, if you have any questions.  Participation is completely voluntary and you can withdraw your participation at any time. IRBNet number: 1689545-1.

(3a) Claire Paraboo (Goldsmiths University)

  • Research has suggested that psychological or emotional domestic abuse can be difficult to define by professionals, and by people experiencing this type of abuse from their partner. 
  • People in relationships who are being subjected to psychological violence may find difficulty identifying specific behaviours in the abuse, or feel unable to report the abuse because the behaviours are subtle.
  • Typical, healthy romantic relationships also include some acts of aggression, but the relationship won’t necessarily be considered abusive.
  • The study aims to show whether the questionnaires you complete in this study can tell the difference between abusive and non-abusive relationships.

Questionnaires have been developed to measure psychologically abusive behaviours, and these have mainly been used in the United States. This study aims to use two of these questionnaires in the UK and compare them, to conclude which one might be best for the UK to support reporting.

Closing Date – end of June

(4) Kristie Marks (University of Cumbria) 

I am a  3rd year BSc Applied Psychology student from the University of Cumbria.  My approved dissertation study is an investigation to understand the experiences of economic abuse within an intimate relationship.

The aim of this research project is to understand the impact economic abuse has on an individual. In the hope to highlight this type of non-physical abuse, to raise awareness that economic abuse is a form of domestic abuse. To provide accessible information to all on how to recognise it, challenge it, and encourage victims to ask for help. We hope that by developing this, we can then understand how we best inform how service providers support those who have experienced this form of abuse. 

Therefore, I’m currently looking for individuals who have experienced economic abuse to take part in photo-elicitation interviews, where you will be asked to take a series of non-identifiable pictures (this can include using existing photos) which represent and reflect on your experiences of economic abuse.  

You will then be asked to participate in an online interview via Microsoft Teams to discuss your photographs, this interview for approximately 45 minutes.

If you would like to participate in the above study, please click on the link below:

For further information, please email

Closes end of June

(5) Dr Elizabeth Bates: University of Cumbria

My name is Dr Elizabeth Bates and I am a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Cumbria, working with my colleagues: Dr Nikki Carthy (Teesside University), Dr Nicoletta Policek, Attillio Colosi and Denica Whinn (also from UoC)

We are looking for men who are over 60 and have experienced aggression and control from a female partner.

We are using an anonymous online survey made up of some open-ended questions about experiences of aggression and control, as well as asking about the age-related aspects of this.  This could take around 30-45 minutes.

If you would prefer to take part through an interview, rather than a questionnaire then please just get in touch through my email:

To find out more information and to take part, please click the following link:


(6) Dr Ben Hine: University of West London

My name is Ben Hine and I am a senior lecturer in Psychology t 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:

(6a) Victoria Hadaway: University of Chester

am a third year Master’s student studying Clinical Counselling at the University of Chester. I am seeking participants for my dissertation research, which aims to give a voice to the experiences of Men who were exposed to domestic abuse as a child. My research has been Ethical approved by The Department of Social and Political Science Ethics Committee, University of Chester. The research is about:

To explore the extent to which exposure to domestic abuse as a child within the family has impacted the development of men into adulthood. In particular, the psychological effects that have been carried through into adulthood such as, forming and maintaining relationships, decisions about having a family and parenting. In addition, the research explores the extent to which engagement in counselling impacted the way you process childhood experiences.

Participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Male participants between 25-35 years old.
  • Live in Wales or England and are able to engage with written and spoke English to a degree that you can fully participate in the research.
  • Have witnessed historic domestic abuse within their family between the ages of 10 and 16.
  • Have engaged in counselling to explore their thoughts and feelings about their childhood exposure to domestic abuse, at least a year prior to participating in the research.
  • Participants need to feel comfortable in discussing their experiences of childhood expose to abuse.
  • Participants should have a comfortable and confidential space to conduct the interview via Zoom.

Being a participants involves:

You will be asked a set of questions about your experience of exposure to domestic abuse as a child, and to what extent has the counselling process been beneficial? This will be conducted via a Zoom interview, which will take approximately between an hour and 1 and 30 minutes.

If you are interested in becoming a participant of this research or would like more information. Please contact Victoria Hadaway on

(7) Auréliane Couppey – School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences

My name is Auréliane Couppey. I’m a French PHD Candidate at the EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales -School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences).

My PHD research focuses on the various forms of abuse men may suffer or have suffered from their partner or ex-partner, including psychological, sexual, verbal, financial and physical violence. 

I aim to study the similarities and differences between France and the United Kingdom regarding domestic abuse that men suffer, but also regarding the social perception of male survivors in Western culture.

I am looking for men who have been in an abusive relationship where the partner was violent, either psychologically, verbally, sexually or physically. If you agree to participate I will conduct an anonymous interview either via phone or video-conference.

If you wish to participate, have any questions, need more detail or wish to know more about my work, please reach out to me on the following email address:

(8) Catarina Soares – Coventry University

My name is Catarina Soares and I am currently studying Forensic Psychology MSc at Coventry University. My dissertation has the aim to study if there are cultural differences between Portugal and United Kingdom regarding the help-seeking experiences of Heterosexual Male victims of Intimate Partner Violence and to understand what is important to the Male victims when seeking help. The project has been reviewed and approved through the formal Research Ethics procedure at Coventry University.

Your participation in the survey is entirely voluntary, and you can opt out at any stage by closing and exiting the browser. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. At the end of the questionnaire, you will be invited to take in part in interviews, the second stage of study.

To take part, please click on the following link: .”

The questionnaire will close at July 2021.

(9) Jack Sugden – University of Huddersfield

“Hi guys, I’m currently studying/writing my Masters by Research in Psychology degree; I’m researching the experiences of Intimate Partner Violence in queer relationships – IPV is currently a huge public health concern however academic focus is almost exclusively focussed on a heteronormative view of IPV and because of this queer folk are suffering in silence despite experiencing IPV at equally high rates. My research is something I am incredibly passionate about and could potentially improve the conditions for queer individuals who have survived or are currently experiencing partner violence, as I am critically examining the access barriers to intervention and prevention programmes experiences by queer individuals.

The term queer is an umbrella term which encompasses all LGBTQ+ sexualities and gender identities. You don’t need to identify as queer to take part, and if you’ve experienced IPV in an opposite sex relationship and identify under as LGBTQ+ PLEASE get in touch. If you would are interested in participating in my research please feel free to contact me on and we can have a confidential chat.”