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Male victims of non-sexual and non-domestic violence: service needs and experiences in court


Author(s)Bricknell, Samantha, Hayley Boxall, and Hannah Andrevski
Title Epidemiological characteristics of male sexual assault in a criminological database
Source AIC Reports Research and Public Policy Series 126, January 2014, pp 1-51
Date 2014
Document type Research report
Coverage New South Wales, Australia


This research study consisted of a comprehensive review of the literature and interviews and focus groups conducted with service providers who assist male victims of violence. This study is one of the first of its kind conducted in Australia examining the support needs and experiences of adult male victims of non-sexual and non-domestic violence and the accessibility and appropriateness of existing formal victim support services in NSW for these victims. The report provides a snapshot of support services available in NSW for victims of crime. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that men are more likely than women to be victims of violent offences but the study has found that adult male victims of non-sexual and non-domestic violence represent only a small proportion of the clients of victim support services. The study found that each of the service providers who participated in the study has some capacity to support male victims but there are barriers to male victims accessing these services. These barriers may relate to the personal experiences of the male victims, such as feeling shame and the victim's perception of the cultural norms of masculinity or structural barriers within the service, such as male victims not seen as a priority or presenting with different needs to female victims. Geographical barriers are also identified in the study, particularly in relation to court support, which may not be available in all courthouses in NSW. The study explored the pathway for male victims of violence to make contact and engage with formal support services and concluded that a positive initial contact with police was particularly important to engage male victims.

Keywords Male victimisation; support services; help-seeking behaviours; vulnerable; contact pathway

Male victims