Rohn publishes study on help-seeking behaviours of male victims of IPV in Kenya

Emmanuel Rohn, a SOAN PhD student and CSSLRV graduate researcher, has co-authored a research paper called, “Helping-Seeking behaviours of male victims of intimate partner violence in Kenya” published in Journal of Family Issues. Very few studies examine the help-seeking behaviours of male survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) in Kenya or sub-Saharan Africa more generally. Using nationally representative cross-sectional data from 1,458 male survivors and multinomial logit models, we examined what influences men’s decision to seek help after experiencing IPV. Results show the majority of male survivors did not seek help. Those who did so turned to informal rather than formal sources. The severity of physical violence was the most robust and consistent predictor of help-seeking. Male survivors of severe physical abuse had higher odds of seeking help from informal support networks than not seeking help. Compared to the uneducated, highly educated men were significantly more likely to seek help from formal support networks than to not seek help at all. Sensitization programs are required to educate male survivors of IPV on available sources of support. In particular, barriers to help-seeking must be removed to encourage male survivors to find support when they need it.

Read the full article, “Help-Seeking Behaviors of Male Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence in Kenya.”

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