Characteristics of men who seek help from an Irish domestic abuse helpline: the MENCALLHELP study

Hine, Ben ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9732-4631 (2023) Characteristics of men who seek help from an Irish domestic abuse helpline: the MENCALLHELP study. Partner abuse. (In Press)

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Abstract

Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) within relationships is a worldwide problem which has detrimental direct and indirect consequences. Indeed, the negative health effects of DVA have been evidenced both nationally and internationally. It is also increasingly acknowledged that men experience DVA, and the gendered experience of DVA by those who identify as men has been explored in recent studies and reviews. However, there is still little known about how male victims of DVA utilise support services, particularly in countries like Ireland where masculinity stereotypes may be particularly powerful. In the present study, an exploratory statistical analysis of 10 months of retrospective contact data from an DVA support service based in Ireland was conducted, which included 3181 contacts made by 1093 individuals. Of this 2507 contacts were made by 715 men. Analyses provided evidence as to who contacts the service, what kinds of DVA are reported, how these behaviours are reported, and what kinds of outcomes result from this contact. Of the 715 men who made contact, they were most likely to be married, living apart from their partner, between the ages of 35 and 54, with an average of 2.1 children. All types of DVA were reported but psychological abuse was the most common, with 69.5% of the 2507 contacts from male victims containing a report of psychological abuse. Contact was made by telephone in most cases (80%) and information was the most common outcome, being provided on 55.2% of contacts. Results provide important information about the utilisation and characteristics of calls received by an Irish DVA support service, which will inform the enhancement of services provided to vulnerable men and their families.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Domestic Violence and Abuse; Masculinity; Helpline; Men; Help-seeking
Subjects: Psychology
Depositing User: Lenka Shipton
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2023 15:35
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:16
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10223

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