Projects

MALE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE: BARRIERS AND FACILITATORS TO REPORTING AND ACCESSING SERVICES

This Ministry of Social Development funded  research project aims to understand what helps or hinders male survivors reporting and accessing specialised support services for sexual violence and abuse, in Aotearoa New Zealand. The research team consists of investigators from the University of Otago, and the Donald Beasley Institute.

Little is known about what is required to make reporting sexual violence and abuse easier for male survivors, and how and when male survivors access support services. As such, a qualitative research project is underway to explore the barriers and facilitators to reporting sexual abuse and accessing specialist support services for male survivors.

We will be interviewing a diverse range of men, and people with experience of living as, or being perceived as men, who have experienced sexual violence and abuse. In addition to the interviews, the project will include an online questionnaire to capture the perspectives of the service providers on what helps or hinders male survivors reporting and accessing support services.

The findings will help the Ministry of Social Development design support services for survivors, and the findings will contribute to ongoing research into sexual violence and abuse against male survivors.

If you would like to know more about this project, please contact us at mssa@vuw.ac.nz

Principal investigator: Louise Dixon

Research Fellow: Michaela Pettie

Co-Investigators:

Gareth Treharne – Associate Professor, in the Department of psychology at the University of Otago.
Chris Bowden – Lecturer, in the School of Education, at Victoria University of Wellington
Brigit Mirfin-Veitch – Director of the Donald Beasley Institute, Dunedin
Tess Patterson – Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine, at the University of Otago.
Melaine Beres – Associate professor in Sociology, Gender Studies, and Criminology and Academic Director of Te Whare Tāwharau at the University of Otago.
Rachel Shaw – Research Assistant in Te Whare Tāwharau at the University of Otago.
Angela Eketone-Kelly – Research assistant at the University of Otago.


EXAMINING THE JOURNEYS AND SERVICE NEEDS OF ADULT MALE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND

This Ministry of Social Development funded research project aims to understand the journeys of men who have experienced sexual abuse, their needs, and how they have been met by services to identify good practice and/or gaps in provision in Aotearoa/New Zealand. A mixed-methods design is underway that aims to capture the voices of male survivors and peer support workers using online survey, interview/focus group, and photo voice methodology.

Principal investigator: Louise Dixon

Co-investigators:

Chris Bowden, Lecturer in Education, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW)
Lynne Russell (Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu), Senior Research Fellow, VUW
Philip Chapman, Chair of Male Survivors Aotearoa,
David Mitchell, Independent Researcher
Shane Graham (Raukawa, Ngāti Wanganui), Trustee of Male Survivors Aotearoa


WILEY-BLACKWELL EDITED BOOK SERIES:

International publishers Wiley-Blackwell have commissioned a ‘What works’ in the rehabilitation of criminal behaviour edited book series. Series Editors are Leam Craig, Louise Dixon and Stephen Wormith. Books published so far in the series are:

What Works in Offender Rehab

 

Craig, L.A., Dixon, L., & Gannon, T.A (Eds.). (2013). What works in offender rehabilitation: An evidence based approach to assessment and treatment. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

 

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Dixon, L., Perkins, D.F., Hamilton Giachritsis, C., & Craig, L.A. (2017). What works in child maltreatment: An evidence based approach to child protection. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

 

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Lindsay, W. L., Craig. L. A., & Griffiths, D. (2019). The Wiley handbook of what works with offenders with intellectual and developmental disabilities: An evidenced based approach to theory, assessment, and treatment. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

 

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Wormith, S., Craig, L.A., & Hogue, T. (Eds.). (2019). What works in violence risk management: Theory, research and practice. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

 

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Proulx, J., Cortoni, F., Craig, L. A., & Letourneau, E. (2020). The Wiley handbook of what works with sexual offenders: Contemporary perspectives in theory, assessment, treatment and prevention. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.