Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Study Subjects Needed

I have been informed of a new study on domestic violence against men and am passing it along to readers:

The Men's Experiences with Partner Aggression Project is a research study at Clark University and is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Denise A.Hines, Ph.D., Clark University Department of Psychology, is the lead researcher on this project.

She is conducting this project in conjunction with Emily M. Douglas, Ph.D., Bridgewater State College Department of Social Work, the Survey Center at the University of Southern Maine, and the Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women.

Our goal is to better understand the experiences of men who are in relationships with women who use violence. Extensive research has shown that men are at risk for sustaining partner violence in their relationships, yet few studies have investigated their experiences, and there are few resources available to such men. This is an under-recognized problem in the United States, and by conducting this research project, we hope to provide much needed information on these men, their relationships, and their needs.

If you are a man between the ages of 18 and 59 and you have been physically assaulted at least one time in the last 12 months by a current or former intimate female partner you may be eligible to participate in this study.

If you are interested in participating, please call the DAHMW at 1-888-743-5754 or email dahmwagency@gmail.com for information about the study and directions for participating. For more information about DAHMW visit their website:

It's about time.



Blogger Viola Jaynes said...

I think this is wonderful! It is needed and long over due.

9:58 AM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Cham said...

Are these people going to publish the results of the study?

10:37 AM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Peregrine John said...

I would imagine so. It will be interesting - if depressing - to read.

11:27 AM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Helen said...


I hope so, if I can find out where, I will post on it.

11:33 AM, January 08, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's something odd that goes on: I (male) actually filled out a questionnaire like that 20 years ago when I was in college. I answered "no" as to whether any romantic partner had ever used violence against me.

I REALLY thought that was the correct answer. I mentioned the survey to my friend later on, and he reminded me of a girlfriend who had smashed a glass into my head in a bar once (causing a cut that almost ran into my eye). The reason was jealousy that turned out to be a misinterpretation.

I honestly forgot about it, because "women never attack men" (or so I thought).

12:57 PM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Helen said...


That is the problem with many studies that rely on surveys. I read that most men do not report female on male violence because they see it as something personal, not a crime or abuse. So, naturally, as you suggest, most surveys will be skewed toward less violence for men since they don't consider violence from women as "real violence" but then, neither do many feminists.

1:01 PM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Cham said...

I agree. I've known a few men that see their SO's violence as a cry for help, and they are just the man to provide it. The men don't see themselves as victims but more as helpers or supervisors.

1:50 PM, January 08, 2008  
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1:50 PM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Unknown said...

That glass smash is a small example. I had a couple of friends who with great frequency fought tooth and nail. Mind you, E was not innocent, but J wasn't a helpless little gal either.

I went to their house one day to find E running pell-mell out of the door and with my own eyes saw a bureau smash on the floor. J had hefted a three drawer bureau and thrown it down the stairs after him.

Hell yes, women can get dangerously violent.

2:09 PM, January 08, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the dividing line for me is the fact that I never felt like I had violence against me that I couldn't "control".

I was always a lot bigger and stronger than female partners, so I didn't think the same way about their violence as I would about an attack from Mike Tyson or someone like that. I COULDN'T handle someone like that, so I would be a whole lot quicker in calling that an attack.

The idea above is very rough, not precise at all, but I think that goes to the core of what I think about women's attacks.

On the other hand, Mary Winkler simply shot her husband in the back, any woman can do something like that today with all the weapons available, so I should also start counting women's attacks as "real" attacks.

4:19 PM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women said...

Hi Helen,

Thanks for putting the notice about the study up on your blog, the more we spread the word, the more men will know it's okay to talk about the abuse they are suffering and come forward to report it. Plus since one "physical assault" i.e. slap, kick, bite, punch on the part of the abuser is required in order for men to be eligible for the study perhaps more men will come to understand that when "she" does it the action is still defined as domestic violence... just as it is when "he" does it.
And yes these people are going to publish the results of the study "cham"...you bet! So please consider copying and pasting this notice to all the blogs and lists you are on...the public needs to know about this all important study!
Jan Brown
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January 31st at 3pm EST so please hurry!
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5:12 PM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Helen said...


Thanks for letting us know the study will be published--please keep me informed so that I can link to, or get access to the study for our readers here.

And thanks for letting us know about your charity drive. Does all of the money dontated go directly to helping your cause?

6:02 PM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women said...

Hi Helen,

Yes all the money generated by donators using our Charity Badge (the url I included) goes to DAHMW. The donation collection site has a small processing fee. Example: on $10.00 it's .47cents, however the donator can choose to pay the .47 and give DAHMW the whole $10.00 or have them take the .47cents out of the $10.00 and the donation to DAHMW is $9.53.
In addition, the Case Foundation is awarding the top 100 organizations with the highest number of unique donators
I appreciate you allowing me to promote our fund raiser on your blog. Given that our supportive services are primarily needed for and used by male victims and their children it is difficult (read: near impossible) for us to get any of the "typical" domestic violence victims funding. These types of fundraising campaigns make all the difference for us. Much Thanks! Jan

8:34 PM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Friend of USA said...

I am a man between 18 and 50 who was assaulted by a woman - twice...many years ago.

Too bad.

I would have love telling them all about it.

11:42 PM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Bender R said...

I'd also like to see a study of passive-aggressive abuse, which is also prevelant, but much harder to quantify.

4:45 PM, January 09, 2008  
Blogger Helen said...


That would make a good study and in addition, to look at how passive-aggressive abuse affects men emotionally. Does it cause anger, depression, etc.

5:41 PM, January 09, 2008  
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