Men’s Experiences with Partner Aggression Project

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“Thank you for your effort in researching and publishing about male victims of domestic violence. Being a male victim is more embarrassing than most people believe…There “just isn’t funding for males” in my community. Unless of course the male is a batterer. By making the problem not specifically about me, I have found that I am able to better talk about my experiences with those that chose to ridicule me or look the other way. Your research helps me understand that I am not alone.” — anonymous male victim

The Men’s Experiences with Partner Aggression Project is an ongoing research endeavor housed at Clark University that is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Clark University, and other sources.  Please note that we are no longer collecting data at this time.  We thank you for your willingness to participate.

Denise A. Hines, Ph.D., Clark University Department of Psychology, and Emily M. Douglas, Ph.D., Bridgewater State University School of Social Work are the lead researchers..

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Our goal is to better understand the experiences of men who are in relationships with women who use violence.  Extensive research has shown that men are at risk for sustaining partner violence in their relationships, yet few studies have investigated their experiences, and there are few resources available to such men.  This is an under-recognized problem in the United States, and by conducting this research, we hope to provide much needed information on these men, their children, their relationships, and their needs.

Between November 2007 and January 2009, we collected data on men who seek help for partner violence victimization through an online and phone survey.  Results from this past survey are continually being posted on this webpage as they become available, and results from our new survey will be posted as they become available as well.  Please check back regularly.  To be added to our mailing list and receive periodic emails alerting you to new results, please complete this form.

Between January 2012 and April 2013, we collected data on men who had experienced partner violence at some point in their lifetimes.  This survey focused on their abuse experiences, their mental and physical health, the amount of abuse their children may have witnessed, and their children’s mental and physical health.  We are currently working on presentations and publications from these data, and will alert you about any updates.  Please be patient, as data cleaning and analyses can take several months and years. To be added to our mailing list and receive periodic emails alerting you to new results, please complete this form.

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