Male victims of non-sexual and non-domestic violence: Service needs and experiences in court. AIC reports. Public policy series 126
Samantha Bricknell, Hayley Boxall and Hannah Andrevski
Australian Institute of Criminology
The discipline of victimology emerged to address the perceived exclusion of the 'voice' or views of victims of crime from criminological research. However, victimology research has also appeared to focus on specific victim populations with less attention to others. In particular, there has been an emphasis on the experiences of female victims of violence, often to the exclusion of male victims. Yet crime and victimisation statistics have consistently demonstrated that it is men, not women, who are more at risk of experiencing violence in Australia (excluding domestic violence, kidnapping and sexual assault where females are more likely to be the victim).
The study described in this report is one of the first of its kind conducted in Australia and highlights a number of issues relating to the accessibility and appropriateness of the support services currently available in Australia to male victims of violence. However, to better understand the impact of the offence on male victims, why some men choose to engage with formal support services and others do not and the experiences of those men who do engage with these services, the views of male victims themselves need to be sought. The Australian Institute of Criminology has developed a comprehensive methodology to elicit the views of male victims of violence and hopes to explore these issues with male victims in a proposed second phase of this research.