“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
We have several projects that we are working on, including two surveys conducted within the United States and one focus group project that includes men from four different English-speaking countries.
We will be posting the results of our projects on this webpage as they become available. Data analysis takes a long time, so please check back regularly. If you would like to be on our email list to receive updates to our progress, please click here and complete the form with your name and email address. Thank you.
Results from Our 2012-2015 U.S. Survey:
Hines, D. A., Douglas, E. M., & Berger, J. L. (2015). A Self-Report Measure of Legal and Administrative Aggression within Intimate Relationships. Aggressive Behavior, 41, 295-309.
Hines, D. A., & Douglas, E. M. (2015). Health Problems of Partner Violence Victims: Comparing Helpseeking Men to a Population-Based Sample. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 48 (2), 136-144.
Hines, D. A., & Douglas, E. M. (2014). Sexual Assault Experiences Among Male Victims of Physical Partner Violence: Prevalence, Severity, and Health Correlates for Male Victims and their Children. Archives of Sexual Behavior, online first.
Hines, D. A., & Douglas, E. M. (2016). Relative influence of various forms of partner violence on the health of male victims: Study of a help seeking sample. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 17(1), 3-16.
Berger, J. A., Douglas, E. M., & Hines, D. A. (2015). The Mental Health of Male Victims and Their Children Affected by Legal and Administrative Partner Aggression. Aggressive Behavior, online first.
Douglas, E. M., & Hines, D. A. (in press). Children Whose Fathers Seek Help for Partner Violence Victimization: Descriptive Characteristics and Their Behavioral Health, As Compared to a Population-Based Sample. Violence and Victims.
Douglas, E. M., & Hines, D. A. (in press). Children’s Exposure to Partner Violence in Homes Where Men Seek Help for Partner Violence Victimization. Journal of Family Violence.
Results from our International Focus Group Study:
Denise Hines, Ph.D., and Emily Douglas, Ph.D., conducted this focus group study in collaboration with Elizabeth Celi, Ph.D., Louise Dixon, Ph.D., and Alexandra Lysova, Ph.D. At the time of data collection, the researchers represented the countries of the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia, and we recruited men for three focus groups in each country. Data analysis and report writing is ongoing. However, we presented some preliminary results in July 2016 at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference. A link to the program book, which contains the abstracts of our presentations, can be found at http://cola.unh.edu/sites/cola.unh.edu/files/departments/Family%20Research%20Laboratory/conference/2016_Program_Final_1.pdf.
We will continue to post updates on our progress on publications from this study as they are available.
Results from Our 2007-2009 U.S. Survey:
We’d like to thank Sean C. McCarthy for working on a series of fact sheets that succinctly summarize our main study findings. These findings are or will be elaborated upon in our publications, but the fact sheets can be quite useful for policymakers or practitioners who want “just the facts” without all of the jargon and background theory that research journal articles tend to have.
Fact sheet #1: Intimate Terrorism by Women Towards Men: Does it Exist?
Fact sheet #2: A Closer Look at Men Who Sustain Intimate Terrorism by Women
Fact sheet #5: Where Do Men Seek Help and How Helpful Are Those Resources?
(1) Hines, Denise A., & Douglas, Emily M. (2010). Intimate terrorism by women towards men: Does it exist? . Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research, 2(3), 36-56.
(2) Hines, Denise A., & Douglas, Emily M. (2010). A closer look at men who sustain intimate terrorism by women. Partner Abuse, 1(3), 286-313.
(3) Hines, Denise A., & Douglas, Emily M. (2011). Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in men who sustain intimate partner violence: A study of helpseeking and community samples. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 12 (2), 112-127.
(4) Douglas, Emily M., & Hines, Denise A. (2011). The Helpseeking Experiences of Men Who Sustain Intimate Partner Violence: An Overlooked Population and Implications for Practice. Journal of Family Violence, online first.
(5) Hines, Denise A., & Douglas, Emily M. (2012). Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Men Who Sustain Intimate Partner Violence. Aggressive Behavior, 38 (1), 31-46.
(6) Douglas, Emily M., Hines, Denise A., & McCarthy, Sean C. (2012). Men Who Sustain Female-to-Male Partner Violence: Factors Associated With Where They Seek Help and How They Rate Those Resources. Violence and Victims, 27 (6), 871-894.
(7) Hines, Denise A., & Douglas, Emily M. (2013). Predicting Potentially Life-Threatening Partner Violence by Women Toward Men: A Preliminary Analysis. Violence and Victims, 28 (5), 751-771.
We have presented our work at various research, practice, and policy conferences across the U.S. and Canada, including:
- International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference
- Annual Hawaii Conference on Preventing, Assessing, and Treating Child, Adolescent, and Adult Trauma
- Academy on Violence and Abuse Biennial Scientific Assembly
- Annual Social Work Conference for Men
- From Ideology to Inclusion Conference
- Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association
- International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma
- National Summit on Interpersonal Violence
- Annual Conference on Men and Masculinities
- Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science
- Ending Domestic Violence: Innovations in Practice and Research Conference.
- Biennial Conference of the International Society for Research on Aggression
We have also presented our work to specifically to policy and practice audiences through invited addresses at the following:
- Annual Conference of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Annual Conference of the Pinal County, Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Massachusetts Family Impact Seminar for State Legislators at the State House in Boston
- Canadian Senator Anne Cools’ Roundtable on Family Dynamics in Ontario, Canada
Below are some highlights from those presentations: