Participant Information Sheet

Participant Information Sheet

Study title: Men are victims too: A qualitative exploration of why male victims of domestic violence do not seek support.

What is the purpose of the study? The aim of this study is to explore the barriers male victims of domestic violence face when coming forward.

Why have I been approached? For the purposes of the study I need to recruit adult male participants (over 18) who can read and write, who have also identified themselves of victims of domestic violence.

Do I have to take part? No. Participation is entirely voluntary. If you change your mind about taking part in the study you can withdraw at any point during the sessions and at any time in the two weeks following that session. You can withdraw by contacting me on email and providing me with your participant ID number. If you decide to withdraw all your data will be destroyed and will not be used in the study. There are no consequences to deciding that you no longer wish to participate in the study.

What will happen to me if I take part? You will be asked to come complete 2 online questionnaires that will be kept anonymous and to provide a small amount of demographic information, however this can be left anonymous if you are uncomfortable disclosing this information.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part? The questions you will receive will be related to what made you come forward for support, your opinions on current services, how you would improve these services which you are encouraged to give as much information as you can. There will also be a small number of questions related to your personal experience, this may be uncomfortable to remember and you only have to provide what you are comfortable with as the topic can be sensitive for you.

What are the possible benefits of taking part? This research will be used to help male victims of domestic violence come forward for support. It will also work towards breaking the stigma that men can’t be victims of domestic violence.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential? Yes. Only I will have access to the raw data. All the consent forms will be stored in a separate, secure (locked) location from the raw data itself. You will only be identified by your participant code number. I will only retain the raw data from the project until my final mark for my dissertation has been given. They will then be destroyed. When the data has been entered into a computer file, your scores will only be associated with your code number and access to the file will be password protected.

What will happen to the results of the research study? The results will be written up and presented as part of my post graduate dissertation. If the results are novel, it may also be presented at academic conferences and / or written up for publication in peer reviewed academic journals.

Who is organising and funding the research? The research is organised by Anna Windle, who is a postgraduate student at the Coventry University Psychology Department. This project is not externally funded.

Who has reviewed the study? The Psychology Department’s Undergraduate Ethics Committee has reviewed and approved this study

Contact for Further Information Researcher: Anna Windle (windlea@uni.coventry.ac.uk)

If you have any complaints about how you have been treated, please contact the University Applied Research Committee Chair, Professor Ian Marshall on i.marshall@coventry.ac.uk