Men who experience domestic abuse: a service perspective

Sarah Wallace, Carolyn Wallace, Joyce Kenkre, Josephine Brayford, Simon Borja

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The paper explores the needs of men experiencing domestic abuse from the perspective of the professionals supporting them.

An all Wales qualitative study, 20 semi-structured interviews were completed with managers and practitioners of domestic abuse services supporting men.  Interviews were analysed using thematic analysis.

Analysis identified six themes: against the tide of recognition, a need to recognise and accept domestic abuse, knowledge of provision, low numbers of men, resources (time & funding) and rebuilding.  However, against the tide of recognition was central.  Domestic abuse is understood as a hetero-normative and gendered experience; abused men defy these notions.

Findings cannot be generalised across the UK.  This study offers a valuable base on which to build future knowledge.  Future research might consider recruiting larger samples or follow up qualitative findings with a larger quantitative survey.

This paper presents the manager and practitioner views of the service needs and solutions for men.  They perceive that abused men need to recognise and accept victimisation, have knowledge of provision and know it is acceptable to seek help, and receive practical support.

Increasing recognition cannot be achieved in isolation.  A shared commitment is required from policy, practice and research to raise the agenda for abused men.

This is an under researched area.  This paper is the first to explore the needs of men through the lens of domestic abuse professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0353
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research
Issue number2
Early online date1 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2019


  • Domestic Abuse
  • domestic violence
  • male victims
  • provision
  • support
  • men


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