Participant Information Sheet

This study is about heterosexual Male victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). IPV occurs between romantic partners and it is the term to define any physical, psychological or sexual harm that occurs within the relationship. Most studies about IPV focused mainly on female victims. 

The aim of this study is to understand if there are cultural differences between Portugal and United Kingdom regarding the help-seeking experiences of heterosexual male victims IPV and to understand what is important to the male victims when seeking help.

The study has two different stages. In the first phase, participants will be asked to complete an on-line questionnaire. In the second phase, participants randomly selected will be interviewed. The study is being conducted by Catarina Porto Soares at Coventry University.

You have been selected to take part in this questionnaire survey because you self-identified as a male victim. If you do not self-identified as a male victim, do not proceed with the study, please, and close the browser.

Your participation in the survey is entirely voluntary, and you can opt out at any stage by closing and exiting the browser. If you are happy to take part, please answer the following questions relating to the type of the abuse suffered, about the likelihood of seeking help, about the different type of sources of help and how helpful are those different type of help sources. Your answers will help us to understand the experiences of male victims of IPV and if there cultural differences between Portugal and the United Kingdom.  The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. At the end of the questionnaire, you will be invited to take in part in the interviews.

Your answers will be treated confidentially and the information you provide will be kept anonymous in any research outputs/publications. Your data will be held securely on a password-protected computer and OneDrive. All data will be deleted by 31 of August of 2024. 

The project has been reviewed and approved through the formal Research Ethics procedure at Coventry University. This research has a risk of potential to inadvertently cause distress because you will be asked to remember your experiences. If after the interview, you feel stressed here are some contacts of organisations that you should contact: The Men’s Advice Line (Call: 0808 8010327), Roof Top Housing Group helpline (Call: 0800980331) and Male Domestic Violence Service (MDVS) (Call: 01432384079). 

For further information, or if you have any queries, please contact the lead researcher Catarina Porto Soares, rendeiropc@coventry.ac.uk.  If you have any concerns that cannot be resolved through the lead researcher, please contact the supervisor Aarti Kotecha, aa6129@coventry.ac.uk.  

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey. Your help is very much appreciated.

I have read and understood the above information.
I understand that, because my answers will be fully anonymised, it will not be possible to withdraw them from the study once I have completed the survey.
I agree to take part in this questionnaire survey.
I confirm that I am aged 18 or over.