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) UK SAYS NO MORE – We ALL have a role in ending domestic abuse and sexual violence

What does the ROLE of men look like?

We are excited to announce that UK SAYS NO MORE, in partnership with Stay Safe Global, are undertaking a national survey that will enable us to understand how men can play an active role in ending domestic abuse and sexual violence.

According to our poll (Opinium, 2018), over 30% of men knew someone who endured domestic abuse. Moreover, one in three were not confident in responding to or advising individuals who suffered domestic abuse. Through this survey, we would like to further explore:

  • Men’s understanding of domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • How men could participate in the prevention of domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Existing interventions and programs around healthy relationships

Please take 10 minutes of your time to complete the survey and share it widely to ensure it reaches as many men as possible. The survey will be open until the 31st of July. For more information, visit our webpage. Should you have further enquiries, please contact

(2) Dr Elizabeth Bates: University of Cumbria/ Dr Ben Hine: University of West London

I am a senior lecturer in applied psychology at the University of Cumbria, working with my colleague Dr Ben Hine.

We are interested in understanding the experiences of fathers who have had their relationship with their children disrupted either through having contact withheld or the relationship manipulated.

We are looking for fathers who have become estranged from their children through withholding of contact, manipulation of systems that restricted contact, or becoming alienated through the other parent’s manipulation of the child.

We hope from this study we can gain a greater understanding of men’s experiences and the impact it has.

Participants will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey made up of some brief demographic questions, and some open-ended questions about experiences of alienation/separation, as well as experiences within the relationship with the child(ren)’s other parent.  This could take around 30-45 minutes.

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

(3) Dr Andrew Divers – Teesside University

My name is Dr. Andrew Divers, and my colleagues, Dr. Daisy Best, Dr Nikki Carthy and I are conducting research as part of a British Psychological Society funded project into the stories of mid-life and older men who have experienced female perpetrated intimate partner abuse. In particular, we are interested to know where men accessed support and what the barriers were to seeking help. This is part of a larger research project which aims to empower professional curiosity to ask the right questions among diverse groups.

We are seeking men aged 45 or above to take part in research into men’s experiences of female perpetrated intimate partner abuse.  We would like to record an interview with you about the levels of support that you received.  Interviews can either take place face to face or digitally.

If you would like to know more about this research, please contact:

Dr Andrew Divers, email:

(4) Safe Lives 

SafeLives are looking to gather the experiences and reflections of men aged 16 or over who are victims/survivors of domestic abuse. This could be from a partner, ex-partner or other family member. The results of this survey will form part of a project run by SafeLives looking at the wide range of issues faced by men who are victims/survivors of domestic abuse.
The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Your responses are anonymous. No one will be able to tell who you are at any point unless you specifically leave your name or contact details within a comments box.

(5) 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

(6) Jessica Sharples: Birmingham City University

I am an undergraduate student at Birmingham City University, studying Psychology with Criminology.

I am conducting research on perceptions of domestic violence against men. The aim of the research is to develop more of an understanding of attitudes towards male victims and to increase awareness of domestic violence against men as it is an important current issue and is highly prevalent within the UK. I am looking for male participants between the ages of 18 and 60. Participation is completely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time.

If you would be willing to take part or to find out more information, please follow the link:

(7) Aarti Kotecha: Coventry University (Men’s Experiences of Coercive Control)

I am working with my colleague at Coventry University, Kate Walker, to understand more about men’s experiences of controlling and coercive behaviours in abusive relationships with female partners. We hope that this research will help professionals to understand how best to support men who experience this type of abuse.

Your participation is completely voluntary and will involve completing a very short questionnaire about yourself and an interview about your experiences that should last about 1 hour.

To take part, you must:

  • Be 18yrs old or over
  • No longer be in the abusive relationship

If you are interested in talking about your experiences with us or have any questions about the study, please contact me on and I will send you further information.

(8) Cassian Rawcliffe – University of East Anglia

Hard to Tell is a PhD study of how men who have experienced female perpetrated domestic abuse tell their story.

The study is currently looking for male survivors to take part in a confidential 1-2-1 interview. All conversations will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

If you think you could help, or would like to know more about this research, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Phone or message  07983 395 867 or direct message @hardtotell2 on Twitter.

(9) Future Living Hertford – Wise Guys Project

Survey for male victims/survivors to support new service in Hertford – please see details here