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) Alexandria Newman: University of Southampton

I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and about to go into my final year of my Doctorate. I am looking for male volunteers to take part in an online research study investigating the impact of being betrayed by someone you trust. The study aims to look at a number of different dimensions about how the betrayal made you feel. To take part you must be an adult male and have been betrayed by someone you trusted in adulthood or adolescence.

What is involved? To complete some questionnaires at different time-points; you may be invited to a brief exercise with the lead researcher; and the chance to enter a prize draw to win one of ten £20 Amazon gift vouchers. If you would like to find out more about the study, you can contact me at

If you would be willing to participate, please follow the link:  

Closing Date: 31st March 2023

(2) Alex Mitchell: Sunderland University

I am a research assistant currently employed at the University of Sunderland and assisting the research being conducted by Dr Amy Pearson, Mr Keiran Rose, Dr Monique Botha and Mrs Sarah Douglas. The researchers are seeking to understand autistic adults experiences of intimate violence and are seeking participants to take part in an interview. The research aims to develop better understanding of how autisitc adults experience and make sense of the intimate violence endured.

Interviews will be conducted to align with the participants favoured communication style (if written text is the preference an interview can be done this way, for instance). All sex, gender and sexual orientation identities are welcome to take part as is self-diagnosis and clinical diagnosis of autism. You must be at least 18 years of age to take part, have experienced intimate violence/abuse and live in the United Kingdom.

If you are interested please follow this link to learn more about taking part:

Closing Date: 18th August 2022

(3) Kimberley Paling: Nottingham Trent University

I am a postgraduate student hoping to conduct interviews with a small sample of gay and bisexual males who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). The aim is to conduct the interviews online (over Microsoft Teams and/or Skype). The interviews will last for a maximum of one hour and the focus is upon the experience of ‘services’ (post-IPV) rather than the experience of IPV. To take part in the research, participants need to:  

  • Be over 18
  • NOT currently in a situation where they are experiencing IPV
  • Have experience of services related to IPV (such as police, charities, medical services etc)

If you are interested in taking part in this important research, please contact myself or my research supervisor. You will then be emailed a ‘participant information/consent’ form. Participation is entirely voluntary.  

Contact details: 

Kimberley Paling:  (postgraduate student at Nottingham Trent University) 

Kristan Hopkins (senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University)

Closing Date: 12th August 2022

(4) Shannon Murray: Cardiff University

‘Exploring Intimate Partner Violence through the Experiences of Gay and Bisexual Men in Wales’.

My name is Shannon Murray, I am a PhD research student at Cardiff University.

I would like to invite you to take part in a research study into the experiences of gay and bisexual men who have faced intimate partner violence/abuse in Wales.

The study aims to understand the experiences of gay and bisexual cis gendered men who have lived with intimate partner violence. In doing so, the purpose is to understand how sexual identity, age, gender and experiences of abuse, impact on the willingness to seek help. You will be invited to take part in informal interviews. Interviews will not be structured and can be conducted in the form of telephone, online or in-person. The aim is to focus on your experiences of abuse and the interviews can be flexible in approach to fit your level of comfortability.

The central part of this research is your experiences, opinions and views, but most importantly, your story.

As a thank you for your participation in the study, you will be recompensed for your time at the end of the study in the form of a voucher.

If you would like to take part please click the link below to find out more and fill out your consent to contact information:

Contact for Further Information:

Shannon Murray, PhD Research Student

Cardiff University


Closing date: December 2022

 (5) Clare Cannon: University of California at Davis

This research is to further our understanding of evidence-based practices for domestic violence perpetrator treatment – based on the views of domestic abuse and survivors.

Anyone over the age of 18 who has experienced domestic violence is welcome to take part. If you would like to take part, please follow the link below:

 (6) Dr Ben Hine: University of West London

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


(7) Bobby Gurjit Singh: trainee counselling psychologist at Teesside University

The aim of this research is to investigate the help seeking behaviours of gay men who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence. This research will identify the barriers that gay men encounter when seeking for external help, but also give an insight to the current support that gay men have received.  

You can take part in this research, if you identify yourself as a gay man, you are 18+ years old, speak English and have experienced Intimate Partner Violence in your life. In addition to this, you need to be based in the UK. Furthermore, this study requires you to be out of the abusive relationship for at least 12 months. In addition to this, you would not be able to take part if you are currently receiving psychological support.

Participants, who would like to take part in this study will be invited for an interview on Microsoft Teams. You can download Microsoft Teams for free on your mobile or computer. The length of the interview can be up to 60 minutes. I will ask you to turn on the camera, but if you feel uncomfortable you can keep the camera off. During the interview questions about your experiences of help seeking for Intimate Partner Violence will be asked. 

If you would like to take part in this study, please contact me at

Closing Date: September 2023

 (8) 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.”

Closing date: September 2022