Survivors stories: Experiences of female perpetrated intimate partner abuse and help-seeking for mid-life and older male survivors

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper explores experiences of intimate partner violence and support that was received among midlife and older male survivors. The objectives were to identify risk factors, barriers to help seeking and to promote the need for trauma focused care and inclusivity in service provision.

Methods: Although 12 mid-life to older men from across the UK were interviewed individually about their experiences of surviving female perpetrated intimate partner violence, this paper focuses upon the experiences of one participant. A narrative method was used to analyse the data.

Results/Finding: The narrative analysis of one participant is presented and implications discussed. Male survivors are often disbelieved by professionals and automatically assumed to be the perpetrator of IPV. This is echoed in limited service provision which increases the risk of homelessness, mental health problems and isolation.

Conclusions: Counselling Psychologists will benefit from considering their own biases, including questions about IPV in all assessments that they undertake and educating service providers about the need for support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-48
JournalCounselling Psychology Review
Volume37
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

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