This thesis concerns how discourses about masculinity influence the male victims of intimate partner violence and their experienced ability to seek help. Studies about intimate partner violence towards men show that the amount of male victims who experience intimate partner violence is increasing, whereas the amount of female victims is decreasing. However, there are still far more possibilities of getting professional help as a female victim of intimate partner violence. As an example, there are no shelters that specifically focus on male victims of intimate partner violence, and the few shelters for men that exist are – in opposition to the women’s shelters – not state funded. In an attempt to reach the male victims, the Department of Equal Rights initiated a campaign in 2008 that focuses on both male and female victims of intimate partner violence between the ages of 16-24. The campaign was developed in cooperation with The Crime Prevention Council and The National Organization of Women's Crisis Centres, LOKK, and the goals were to break the taboo that surrounds intimate partner violence for both young male and female victims. However, we find that parts of the campaign tend to favor the female victims by sustaining a specific discourse that positions men as violators and women as victims. On those grounds, our purpose with this thesis has been to shed light on those problematic aspects of the campaign, and also explore how the male target group experiences the campaign. This is done by two discourse analyses of respectively chosen aspects of the campaign, and a focus group interview with the target group. Since several studies on the subject show that especially male victims experience a taboo regarding intimate partner violence, we have focused on how our informants discursively construct the term ‘Masculinity’ in their reaction to the campaign, and to intimate partner violence in general. By doing so, we wanted to disclose whether these constructions and discourses influenced their perceptions of intimate partner violence and of their reactions to the campaign. On the basis of our discourse analyses we have concluded that there seems to be certain kinds of discourses in both the campaign and among the informants which position men as violators and women as victims. However, there appears to be a certain ambivalence among our informants regarding these discourses. This is reflected in the informants’ contradictory statements about both the campaign and their perceptions of intimate partner violence.
|Uddannelser||Kommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||22 feb. 2014|
|Vejledere||Rikke Andreassen & Chistina Hee Pedersen|