Research article: Some recent research on the impacts of childhood sexual abuse on male survivor relationships – including the roles of significant others

Title: The Relationship Experiences of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse: A Qualitative Analysis

Although the experience of sexual abuse is quite common among men, particularly among those in clinical populations, relatively little research has been done specifically with male survivors and the impact of abuse in their lives. More specifically, the impact of sexual abuse on male survivors’ relationship dynamics has been underdeveloped in the research literature. Untapped online data can help illuminate these relationship dynamics, providing insight to clinicians for improved couple and family treatment. Through qualitative analysis of data from online discussion boards at, the present study examined the ways in which male survivors of sexual abuse described dynamics of their interpersonal relationships. Findings revealed impacts from the abuse on male survivors’ relationships as well as impacts of their relationships on abuse recovery. Significant others of male survivors were influential, both positively and negatively, in regard to disclosure, companionship, conversation, modeling relationships, and help-seeking and recovery behaviors. Impacts of the abuse on relationships were reported in emotional, sexual, and relational domains. Further, results gave preliminary insight into how online forums themselves provide opportunities for support-seeking in online relationships and how male sexual abuse survivors approach these online relationships.

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by Jordan Grant Gibby
School of Family Life, Brigham Young University Master of Science

Research article: New research shows that disabled people experience higher rates of violence

This is the first population-based prevalence research exploring experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) among disabled people in Aotearoa New Zealand. The researchers also explored prevalence rates of non-partner violence among disabled people.

Researchers from the University of Auckland used data from the 2019 New Zealand Family Violence Survey, which surveyed more than 2800 women and men. The findings were published in two open access articles in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Lead Researcher, Associate Professor Janet Fanslow.
July 2020

New shelter for men escaping domestic violence opens in Queensland, Australia

Sheltered By Grace is a non-government funded Charity which is an accredited, level 3 Support Accommodation service based in South East Queensland that houses Single Men over the age of 25 escaping Domestic Violence. Call 07 3200 7145 for their intake services Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm. A brochure is available at

This is the first domestic violence shelter for men currently operating in Australia that we are aware of (Jeremiah House in Bundaberg, is currently fund-raising to open their shelter). If you know of any others, please let us know. Hopefully this shelter is the first of many others to come.

Published in One In Three
14 July 2021

Survivors rejected: advocate

Southern survivors of sexual abuse are being turned away for important support at an alarming rate, leaving them devastated and re-traumatised, an advocate claims.

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has come under fire for disestablishing its Wellington-based sensitive claims unit, which dealt with physical or mental injuries following criminal acts, including sexual violence, in favour of regional case managers.

Published in Otago Daily Times


One in Three Campaign – News Articles About Family Violence – NSW inquiry into coercive control in domestic relationships claims abusive heterosexual women don’t control their partners except in rare cases

The NSW inquiry into coercive control in domestic relationships published its report this week.

The report contains the following sickeningly sexist (and factually incorrect) gendered analysis of coercive control. Apparently men and lesbian women can control their partners but heterosexual women are unable to do so except in (presumably) rare cases.

Published in One in Three


Lake Alice and the legacy of abuse in state care on Māori

Advocates now calling for the Crown to do more to redress this collective loss to hapū from our “stolen generation”.

For the last two weeks the public has heard testimony from survivors, witnesses and former staff who were at the Lake Alice Child and Adolescent unit in the 1970s – almost half of whom were Māori.

Their stories of abuse detailed how the trauma at the hands of the state, alongside being disconnected from their culture, has left a mark that is being felt by their children and grandchildren, reports Corazon Miller.

Published in TVNZ


Research article: Research confirms that supervision of peer support workers is better if informed by knowledge and understanding of the role

This content analysis of open-ended survey responses compares and contrasts perceptions on supervision from supervisors with experience providing direct peer support services (PS) and supervisors without experience providing direct peer support services (NPS).A 16-item online survey was distributed via the National Association of Peer Supporters (N.A.P.S.) listserv and through peer networks and peer run organizations. Responses from 837 respondents, across 46 US states, were analyzed. Four open ended questions assessed supervisors’ perceptions on differences supervising peer support workers (PSW) as compared to other staff, important qualities of PSW supervisors, roles when supervising a PSW, and concerns about PSWs in the organization. Among NPS and PS, three major differences in themes emerged: the knowledge required of supervisors, understanding of the role of the PSW, and supervisors’ beliefs regarding PSW competencies. PS have a more nuanced understanding of the peer support worker role and the impact of lived experience in the role.

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4 July 2021
Authors: Dana Foglesong, Amy B. Spagnolo, Rita Cronise, Joanne Forbes, Peggy Swarbrick, Jonathan P. Edwards & Carlos Pratt