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) Dyllan Eagles – University of West London

This research aims to examine the effect of the COVID-19 national lockdown on non-resident father’s parent-child relationships.Data for the study will be collected using semi-structured interviews with individuals who have first-hand experience of parental alienation.

Therefore, I am looking to recruit participants who fit the following criteria; 

  1.  Male
  2. Have been a victim of parental alienation during the COVID-19 national lockdown.
  3. Currently a non-residential father.
  4. Currently living within the UK.

To Take part, please complete the survey via this link:

Closing Date – Mid September 2021

 (2)  Dr Kelly Buckley  – Cardiff University

 My name is Kelly Buckley, and I am a researcher at Cardiff University working on a study looking at how we can better help families recover from domestic abuse. We know that there is limited support for male parents/caregivers and their children in relation to helping them recover from domestic abuse. We would like to find out what kind of support male parents/caregivers who have experienced domestic abuse think would be helpful for them and their child.

  We would like to speak to fathers/male caregivers to ask them some questions about their experiences, what they have found helpful in the past, and what kind of support would meet their and their child’s needs. By sharing your views, you will help us understand more about what support is needed for male parents/caregivers and their children, which will help us make recommendations to improve services and interventions. Participation is entirely voluntary, and what you tell us will be anonymised before we write our findings.

  If you are a male over 18, have parental responsibility, and have experienced domestic abuse (from a partner of any gender) we would love to talk to you about the support needs of you and your child. Taking part would involve a video/phone interview for about 40-60 minutes with myself or a male researcher if you would prefer. As a thank you for your time, we can offer you a £20 shopping voucher. To find out more information or to take part, please email Kelly:

Closes March 2022

(3) Georgina Mclocklin – Nottingham Trent University

Have you had your nude or sexual images shared without your consent?

This PhD study is looking for adults in the UK of all genders and sexualities to take part in an interview about their experience of having sexual images shared without their consent. The research will focus on exploring people’s decision to tell or not tell others about this and what this experience was like. This includes deciding to tell no one, telling friends/family, organisations and/or the police. The aim of the research is to understand how people receive support and to identify any barriers to help improve support.

The online interview will last approximately an hour and a half. To participate you must: live in the UK, been 18+ when your sexual/nude images were shared without your consent and this must have been since 2015 (when it was illegalised). For participating you will received a £10 Amazon voucher. To find out more information or to take part, please email me at:

Closing date: May 2022

(4) 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:

(5) 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


(6) Sema Altuntas – University of Nottingham

Understanding the Relationship between Psychosocial Factors and Responses to Domestic Violence

Researchers at the University of Nottingham are seeking adults (18 years or older) who have had at least one act of domestic violence to take part in a survey study aimed at understanding the associations between your general feelings about close relationships, your typical acts toward yourself in times of failure and difficulty, different ways of managing emotions and your response to domestic violence.

  • -Participation in this survey is completely voluntary and involves completing some online questionnaires, which takes around 25 minutes. At the end of the questionnaire, you will be invited to take in part in interviews, the second stage of study.
  • -All data will be kept confidential, and responses will be anonymised before analysis and publication of findings.
  • -If you participate, you will be entitled to enter prize draw (one of five £10 worth Amazon vouchers) for your time in this confidential study (if you wish).
  • -If you are interested in participating, please follow this link to the study:

If you are interested in becoming a participant of this research or would like more information,lease feel free to contact the researcher Sema Altuntas on (

Closing Date: April 2022

(7) 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.

(8) 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 30 Oct 2021

(9) 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:

(10) 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:

(11) 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.”