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) Philippa Laskey: University of Cumbria

I’m currently conducting a piece of research through the University of Cumbria that will investigate how conflict and controlling behaviour are dealt with in romantic relationships. This is in order to highlight that these behaviours can happen in any relationship, regardless of gender or sexuality.

The research involves completing a questionnaire with both closed- and open-ended questions about your current or most recent relationship. The questionnaire should take approximately 40 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.

To take part you need to be 18 or over, live in the UK, and have been in at least one romantic relationship.


(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 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

(4) 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:

(5) Leonnie Barnes – University of Cumbria

The aim of this study is to explore experiences of men who have been in an intimate relationship where there has been violence, control and sexual coercion by their female partner. Research within this area is limited, especially experiences of sexual coercion, however, research that is available has demonstrated the prevalence of women’s violence towards men. This survey explores experiences of violence and sexual coercion within relationships and requests fuller, more contextual answers and provides an opportunity to explain experiences in more detail.

(5) 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.

(8) Future Living Hertford – Wise Guys Project

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