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Men’s Experiences of Criminal Justice following Female Perpetrated Intimate Partner Violence - help needed for research

Are you:


  • A male
  • Aged 18 years or over
  • Able to freely give consent to an interview which details your experiences of the legal system following intimate partner violence.  


Purpose:  Increase understanding of the issues faced by male survivors of female perpetrated intimate partner violence, by exploring the experience of those who seek support from the criminal justice system.  

Your story will provide insight into the experiences of male survivors of domestic violence and may help determine the direction of future research.  We hope that the research will lead to greater awareness and improvements in services which better meet the needs of men.

If you decide to participate and then change your mind, you can withdraw your consent at any time.

For further information please contact:

Brianna Hille – brianna.hille@postgrad.curtin.edu.au Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study number 2017-0105)

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Reader Comments (2)

My ex-wife repeatedly called the police and made false accusations against me when I would not do as she demanded, and each time I was arrested, but never charged. Each time, I spent the night in jail, but was released in the morning. After she deemed this insufficient punishment for not following her orders, she began to assault me, then call the police, and tell them once again that I had assaulted her. They would arrest me but not charge me, and let me go in the morning.

Sometimes my injuries were severe enough that I would need to go to the emergency room, and the police would take me, I would be treated, and then taken to jail. When I would ask the police to arrest my ex for things like making false police reports or assaulting me, they would respond by telling me that they were not allowed to arrest women in domestic violence situations, and if they did, they would very likely lose their jobs. Over all, the police were decent to me, and at times very kind. I belatedly realized that those nights I slept in jail were probably the only nights I was really safe.

To this day, and forever after, I would never call the police if I were assaulted by a woman, since I now know that I would be held responsible for her behavior. The police I dealt with were faced with very difficult situations but behaved well; I am not so certain all policemen would be so professional as they were. For all of these reasons, I stay away from women, and only speak to them when it is absolutely necessary. I do not socialize with them, and they are not welcome in my home.

April 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Cohen

My ex wife tried to kill me with poison (sleeping pills and cyanide) which caused a brain tumour. Prior to this she repeatedly reported to the police I had assaulted her. I was arrested once but the case was thrown out of court .
When I did report the poisoning to the cops they wouldn't investigate and "lost" the file. I was told I "probably deserved it"
Evidence such as doctors reports and medical history, the fact she had taken out a large life insurance policy on me before I started getting sick: These things were totally ignored and not followed up, she had even admitted to one Dr that she was planning to collect my life insurance.
Since then it has become obvious why she repeatedly made allegations of violence against me: She planned to use the battered woman syndrome defence if she was caught.

April 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHoward Pedersen

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