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) Kent County Council: Survey (*you do not need to from Kent)

We’d be grateful if you would complete a short survey that aims to understand the experiences and needs of males aged 16+ who are survivors of domestic abuse.  The findings from the survey will inform the specialist support services provided to male survivors of domestic abuse across Kent.  The survey should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.  

 Your responses will be anonymous – no one will be able to tell who you are at any point unless you specifically leave your name and contact details at the end of the survey.

 Please click on the following link to complete the survey:

Closes February 2021

(2) Lucy Thrower – De Montfort University

I am a university student at De Montfort University. I am currently studying Media Production in my final year. For my final project I am creating a documentary and I am looking for participants.  The project is a documentary that will bring awareness and light to the ongoing misconception around male abuse (physical, emotional, sexual) and the stereotypes around it.

This will look closely at any barriers males come across when thinking about accessing support.  The documentary will also look at personal stories from survivors, mental health professionals’ opinions on the subject as well as information, towards the end of the documentary, signposting different charities and organisations that can be contacted by the audience. Contact information:

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(3) 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:

(4) 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.

(5) 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:

(6) Siobhan Walmsley: York St. John University. 

The focus of our study is exploring experiences of sexual harassment from various sources (i.e family, friends or acquaintance) and the impact on mental health.

We are hoping to recruit men (aged over 18 years), as research in this area is primarily focused on women as targets. The research is hoping to inform specialist services, NHS, clinicians etc., on ways of working and understanding targets of sexual harassment, and the barriers/stigma that can prevent men from seeking support.

We are using an anonymous online survey that will take around 20 minutes to complete.To take part, please click on the following link:

Closes 28 February 2021

(7) Dr Julie Taylor: University of Cumbria

 The aim of the project is to explore the experiences of people who have at some point in their childhood or adolescence lived in a home where there has been family/domestic violence and abuse.

By family/domestic violence and abuse we mean people, who as they grew up, were made to feel unsafe in some way by the behaviour of the adults in the home (e.g. parents/caregivers). The behaviour of the adults towards one another may have taken a number of forms including:

Physical violence (for example: punching, slapping, kicking, pushing) / Verbal abuse (for example: shouting insults; screaming abusive language) / Threatening behaviour (verbal or physical) (for example: threatening to tell lies; threatening violence; threatening to hurt children, pets or loved ones) / Undermining behaviour (e.g. telling someone they are stupid, useless, bad at things)

The impact of parental/caregiver interactions (such as those listed above) on any children in the home is often overlooked because the children have traditionally been seen as witnesses or observers.  This view is changing and researchers have written on the topic but there are still only a small number of studies where the children themselves have been asked about their experiences, which is understandable whilst they remain children.

To access experiences directly from those who have been in this position, we would like to hear from people (males and females) who are now over the age of 18 years, live in the UK but are no longer in the abusive setting and feel they are able to write (anonymously) about their experiences and any support they received. Specifically, we hope to understand their experiences as children and young people and in particular, what support they sought or received.

Participants will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey made up of some brief demographic questions, and some open-ended questions about their childhood experiences, the nature of the violence/abuse that took place in the home and the support they sought or received.  This could take around 30-45 minutes.  Please note that with the exception of the consent questions, all other questions are optional, so if you come across a question that you do not wish to answer for any reason, please feel free to leave it blank and move on.

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

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