Interviewing male survivors of sexual violence and abuse:Ethical and methodological considerations

Weare, Siobhan and Hulley, Joanne (2022) Interviewing male survivors of sexual violence and abuse:Ethical and methodological considerations. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. ISSN 0886-2605

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Abstract

Existing research explores ethical and methodological considerations associated with interviewing men, including male survivors of domestic abuse, and interviewing female survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. However, there is no comparable body of research that specifically considers interviewing male survivors of sexual violence and abuse. Reflecting upon our experiences of interviewing 32 male survivors of female-perpetrated sexual violence, we critically discuss four key ethical and methodological issues that arose; the challenges around recruiting male survivor participants; the interview process; the impacts of gender dynamics between interviewers and participants; and the importance of research to participants. Based on our reflections we make a number of recommendations for scholars who are conducting future research with male survivors of sexual violence and abuse.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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168099
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Deposited On:
29 Mar 2022 12:15
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Yes
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Published
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23 May 2022 00:14