​The mental health of male victims and their children affected by legal and administrative partner aggression

Author(s) Berger, Joshua L., Emily M. Douglas and Denise A. Hines
Title The mental health of male victims and their children affected by legal and administrative partner aggression
Source Aggressive Behavior, July 2016, Vol. 42, No. 4, p346-61,
Date 2016
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between legal and administrative aggression and the mental health of male victims of IPV and their children. 611 participants were recruited to complete questionnaires assessing demographics, victimisation and perpetration of IPV in their relationship, their mental and physical health and various risk factors for IPV. It was found that LA aggression was associated with poorer mental health in adult male victims and in the children who live or have lived in homes where LA aggression victimisation was experienced by their fathers. A direct association was found between actual or threatened LA aggression and the male IPV victims' PTSD and depression symptoms above the influence of past traumatic experiences. Implications for practice are discussed and the authors suggest that it is important for professionals in both the legal and mental health fields to understand these issues in order to provide support where it is needed.
Keywords Domestic violence; partner violence; male victims; legal abuse; children