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An exploration of men’s experiences of intimate partner violence

About the study

The aim of the project is to explore the experiences of men who have been in an intimate relationship with a female partner, where there has been violence and control.  Research has demonstrated the frequency of women’s violence towards men but has tended to utilise large scale quantitative surveys.  The aim of the current study, by utilising a qualitative method, is to allow the exploration of the experiences of violence within relationships that allow for fuller, more contextual answers and an opportunity to explain in more detail. 

Some questions you may have about the research project:

Why have you asked me to take part and what will I be required to do?

Your participation is important as you have identified that you are (or have been) in a relationship where there has been the presence of aggressive and/or controlling behaviour.  The study requires that you take part in an online questionnaire to discuss your experiences of aggression and conflict in relationships; this will take around 30-45 minutes.  There is also the opportunity to take part in a follow up interview (see debrief for details).  The questionnaire will take place online and so can be completed anywhere where you have internet access.  It’s important that you feel safe when completing this, please take care to ensure this is done in a place where you would not put yourself in danger if your partner found you completing the questionnaire.  In the debrief, you will also be given a link to instructions on how to delete your browser history if you are worried about someone finding out you took part in it.

What if I do not wish to take part or change my mind during the study?

Your participation in the study is entirely voluntary, there is no obligation to take part and I would encourage you to do so only if you feel you are able to discuss your experiences.  For some people it is difficult to do so, and I would encourage you not to take part if the emotions of your experience are too raw. Should you take part and feel upset, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time without having to provide a reason for doing so. Alternatively, if you would prefer to discuss your experiences in an interview format, please contact me using details given below.

What happens to the research data?

Only myself and my research team will have access to your anonymised responses.  Data will be kept for a period of 5 years.  No identifiable information will be taken, so there will be no possibility of tracing your data back to you.  The data will be used to write a research report about men’s experiences of violence in relationships.  It is further hoped that the findings will be used to help tailor facilities and services to ensure victims receive the best possible support.

How will the research be reported?

When the data is analysed, a research report will be written which will be submitted to a journal and presented at a conference. 

How can I find out more information?

A short summary report of the research findings will be available from the researcher upon request either by phone or e-mail (see details below).

What if I want to complain about the research?

Initially you should contact the researcher directly. However, if you are not satisfied or wish to make a more formal complaint you should contact Diane Cox, Director of Research Office, University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster, LA1 3JD. diane.cox@cumbria.ac.uk

Researcher Contact  Information:

Dr Elizabeth A. Bates

Tel: 01228 616328 Email: Elizabeth.Bates@cumbria.ac.uk