The research is to explore the extent to which exposure to domestic abuse as a child within the family has impacted the development of men into adulthood. In particular, the psychological effects that have been carried through into adulthood such as, forming and maintaining relationships, decisions about having a family and parenting. In addition, the research explores the extent to which engagement in counselling impacted the way you process childhood experiences.

Participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Male participants between 25-35 years old
  • Live in Wales or England and are able to engage with written and spoke English to a degree that you can fully participate in the research
  • Have witnessed historic domestic abuse within their family between the ages of 10 and 16
  • Have engaged in counselling to explore their thoughts and feelings about their childhood exposure to domestic abuse, at least a year prior to participating in the research
  • Participants need to feel comfortable in discussing their experiences of childhood expose to abuse
  • Participants should have a comfortable and confidential space to conduct the interview via Zoom.

As the topic is a sensitive area, you may find that discussing this area could evoke difficult emotions, therefore, it could be beneficial to contact one of the organisations below if you feel you need support.

Being a participants involves:
You will be asked a set of questions about your experience of exposure to domestic abuse as a child, and to what extent has the counselling process been beneficial? This will be conducted via a Zoom interview, which will take approximately between an hour and 1 and 30 minutes.

About the researcher:
I am a third year Master’s student studying Clinical Counselling at the University of Chester. I am seeking participants for my dissertation research, which aims to give a voice to the experiences of Men who were exposed to domestic abuse as a child. My research has been Ethical approved by The Department of Social and Political Science Ethics Committee, University of Chester.

If you are interested in becoming a participant of this research or would like more information. Please contact Victoria Hadaway on

Thank you for your interest in this research.
Valid until 31 July 2021