​Accounting for intimate partner violence: a biographical analysis of narrative strategies used by men experiencing IPV from their female partners

Author(s) Corbally, Melissa
Title Accounting for intimate partner violence: a biographical analysis of narrative strategies used by men experiencing IPV from their female partners
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Oct 2015, Vol. 30, No. 7, pp. 3112-3132
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
CoverageIreland
Summary This study explores the experience of male victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) using the biographical narrative interpretive method. Fourteen participants were recruited from an abused men's support group in Ireland and case studies of three of the participants were selected for this article. The most dominant narrative structure used by the male IPV victims was the fatherhood narrative, including their practical involvement in child care and protecting the children from their mother's anger. The good husband narrative included accounts of being a good provider and a loyal and loving husband. Another key narrative used by the men was the abuse narrative. This narrative provided the researcher with powerful information about the IPV life story and it was significant that the men did not refer to themselves as victims in the interviews. Findings from the study suggest that support workers should employ a broad questioning technique, such as asking how things are at home, rather than direct question of IPV if an IPV disclosure is sought.
Keywords Domestic violence; male victimisation; IPV; intimate partner violence; biographical narrative interpretive method; masculinity.
Topic Male victims; Domestic violence