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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Du Toit, Marisa
URN etd-08122011-163847
Document Title A narrative inquiry into the experience of a male survivor of domestic violence
Degree Master of Arts
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Prof T Bakker Supervisor
  • domestic violence
  • male victim
  • female perpetrator
  • substance abuse
  • interpersonal violence
  • mutual abuse
  • narrative
  • social constructionism
Date 2011-04-18
Availability unrestricted
This research narrative represents a co-construction of domestic violence focusing on the male victim. The narrativeís main aim is to contribute to the body of work that seeks to ensure that the invisible male victims of domestic violence have a voice, and that they are counted. Little research has been undertaken to voice the experiences of male domestic violence victims.

Domestic violence is constructed using a social constructionist perspective and Tomís narrative is elicited and analysed by means of narrative methodology. Tom is a citizen of the United States of America and due to his geographical location a face-to-face interview was not possible. The best means to collect his narrative was through electronic mail (email) which granted Tom and the researcher the opportunity to reflect upon the research process as it unfolded.

The research narrative found some similarities between Tomís experiences and those noted in other published research narratives. Some of these similarities included the minimal extent of physical injuries to Tom, the more prevalent occurrence of psychological abuse and the use of institutional measures to control his behaviour. In contrast to the literature reviewed, Tom reported that his ex-wife was hurt more often during her violent outbursts.

It is recommended that future research includes as many members of the affected family as possible in order to ensure a rich and diverse narrative. In addition, it is suggested that similar research be conducted in a sensitive way and over a short period.

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Please cite as follows:

Du Toit, M 2010, A narrative inquiry into the experience of a male survivor of domestic violence, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-08122011-163847/ >


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