Counselling experiences of male victims of domestic violence - research study - call for participants

Researchers at the University of Sunderland are currently looking for participants to take part in a research study investigating the experiences of counselling for male victims of domestic violence in the UK. The study is funded by the University of Sunderland for this academic year, and all interviews need to be completed by the end of July as the funding ends then. Although we have been advertising the study through a number of partner agencies for 6-8 weeks, we have not received any expressions of interest in the study so far.

This post is to see if there are any agencies or organisations in Scotland, Wales or England who may know of ways to find participants for this study. We are looking for about 20 individuals from anywhere at all in the UK who would be happy to share their experiences.

Participation in the study would require about an hour of the individual's time in a one to one, face to face interview. The interview will explore their experiences of seeking counselling, what was helpful or unhelpful about it, and what they felt were the benefits of counselling. The interview will be held near to the individual's home or work, to suit them. Any information provided will be treated as confidential and will be used only for the purpose of this research.

Participants must have completed counselling for their experiences of domestic violence at least three months ago. They may have had one or more experiences of counselling and their experience may have been positive or negative. All of these experiences are of interest as one of the intended outcomes from the research will be the development of a counselling model that could be used to improve the support offered to men who have experienced domestic violence. Your participation could help others in a similar situation in future.

If you think you could help with recruitment to the study, please contact Jeannette.Roddy@sunderland.ac.uk (Tel: 0191-515-2813) or Chris.Keech@sunderland.ac.uk (Tel: 0191-515-2068) and they would be pleased to provide more information.

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