A Qualitative Study of the Male Victims’ Experiences With the Criminal Justice Response to Intimate Partner Abuse in Four English-Speaking Countries

Alexandra Lysova, Kenzie Hanson, Denise A. Hines, Louise Dixon, Emily M. Douglas, Elizabeth M. Celi

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Abstract

The criminal justice system plays a pivotal role in addressing the safety of victims of intimate partner abuse (IPA). Over the past 40 years, most changes in the criminal justice response to IPA have been made with the intention of improving support to abused women and their children. However, a growing body of research shows there are many men who are victims of IPA. This qualitative study explored the help-seeking experiences of 38 abused men within the criminal justice system in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Twelve online focus groups (three in each country) were conducted and themes were identified inductively at a semantic level. Thematic analysis identified that most of their experiences were negative and reflected the gender paradigm embedded in the criminal justice response. This study offers insights into the relevance of a gender-inclusive criminal justice response in addressing IPA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1264-1281
Number of pages18
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Volume47
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • criminal justice response
  • gender paradigm
  • international study
  • intimate partner abuse
  • male victims
  • thematic analysis

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