Patterns of Male Victimization in Intimate Relationships: A Pilot Comparison of Academic and Media Reports

This paper compares the academic literature and media reports on male violent victimization in intimate relationships, an under-researched topic. In addition to existing scholarly studies, data for the media reports come from a student-generated purposive sample of 38 news reports on male victimization. A careful analysis of both resources reveals some convergent and divergent themes on male victimization as well as some new trends and patterns. Currently, media reports offer an excess of information than the scholarly literature. Overall, the media-academic partnership can be promising in providing a fuller understanding of male victimization in intimate relationships. Keywords: male victimization, family violence, media reports, intimate partner violence, men as victims.

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