A qualitative examination of the lived experiences of men identified as perpetrators of intimate partner violence
Master of Social Work
SubjectIntimate parnter violence
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The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experiences of males identified as perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV). IPV is a complex social problem that has many damaging consequences for individuals and families (Devaney & Lazenbatt, 2016; Johnson, 2016). The intent of this research is not to emphasize the rights of men over women but to provide the opportunity for men identified as perpetrators (MIAP) to discuss their perspectives on IPV. Understanding the complexity of IPV directly from male perpetrators is one step to address violence prevention, and interventions for both men and women. Thus, the goal of this research project was to gain a more thorough understanding of men’s experiences with IPV, specifically in Thunder Bay. This study was completed with qualitative methods of descriptive phenomenology through semi-structured interviews with thirteen men in the community of Thunder Bay. The results from participants highlight the complexity of relationships and challenges dominant narratives of IPV. The key themes revealed were: 1) Complexity in Intimate Relationships and IPV; 2) Precipitating Factors to IPV; 3) Disconnected Experience with the Legal System; 4) Ripple Effect of IPV on Life; 5) Impact of Support Systems; and 6) Hope for the Future & Social Change. These key themes uncovered the essence of the data which was an Altered Sense of Self. Exploring IPV could broaden understandings of IPV and subsequently improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by it to better inform the systems that address IPV. Such research implies a need for more diverse methods to assist men and their families struggling with IPV. This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC): Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program.