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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

Dr. Debra Langan

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor

Second Advisor

Dr. Carrie Sanders

Advisor Role

Second Reader

Third Advisor

Dr. Catherine Stewart

Advisor Role

External Reviewer


Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been largely associated with male perpetrators and female victims (Drijber, Reijnders & Ceelen, 2013). Although women are more likely to be victims of IPV, men are also victimized at the hands of their intimate partners (Statistics Canada, 2013). As such, academic literature has tended to focus on the experiences of women subjected to IPV while the experiences of men subjected to IPV remain under explored (Machado, Santos, Graham-Kaven, & Matos, 2017). The limited literature pertaining to the experiences of men has consistently found that men are largely dissatisfied with help-seeking services. Another consistent finding within this literature is that the perspectives of service providers who assist men subjected to IPV have largely been ignored. In order to occupy this gap, this study used semi structured interviews with service providers from various professional backgrounds who have assisted men subjected to IPV. Using symbolic interactionism, constructivist grounded theory methods, and an interpretive paradigm, this study revealed that the treatment of men subjected to IPV is based on a set of connected factors. These factors include; that men are not perceived as victims of IPV and, as such, the formal help-seeking system is not set up to assist men subjected to IPV. These factors have made it difficult to change society’s views of men as victims or survivors of IPV and to advocate for the creation of services for men.

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