A participatory review of the male support programme.

Principal / Lead Investigator
Research team
  • Carolyn Wallace, University of South Wales/PRIME Centre Wales
  • Mike-Dix Williams, Project Manger, BRAVE EIP, Calan DVS
  • Natalie Hancock, Regional Development Manager, Calan DVS
  • Mike Brown – Service user
Type of study

The review will employ a participatory design. Project staff and male service users of Calan BRAVE EIP will play active roles in the design and delivery of the review.


University of South Wales (USW) researchers have been commissioned by Calan DVS BRAVE EIP (Building Resilience against Abuse, Violence and Exploitation Early Intervention Project) to facilitate a review of the existing Male Support Programme (MSP) and to build the new toolkit

Calan BRAVE EIP and USW staff and service users will undertake the review together. Findings will inform the development of a newly revised paper-based MSP toolkit.

How was the public / patients were involved in the development of the study design, and how they will be involved in the funded study?

One male service user has been recruited to the projects steering group which meets on a monthly basis. Another service user may be recruited to the steering group. They will provide support to develop the protocol, information sheets and terms for the literature review. For analysis, their experience of living with abuse will be sought to help develop themes, ideas and approaches of what might be included within a paper based male programme.

How could this research potentially benefit patients?

Unlike the Freedom Programme and Recovery Toolkit for women experiencing domestic abuse, there are no equivalent programmes for men who have experienced domestic abuse in Wales. The development of a programme offers an opportunity to provide men with the tools to understand and recover from their abuse. 

For domestic abuse practitioners, the programme is a unique and additional means to provide support to men. 

Involving service users and domestic abuse practitioners in the development of a male programme of support ensures the voices and perspectives of those with the knowledge and experience of abuse are heard and acknowledged. 

Who is the study sponsor?

University of South Wales


Calan DVS

Total grant value

£ 25,310

Start date


End date


Further information

To follow

Outputs generated

Wallace S, Wallace C, Kenkre J, Brayford J, Borja S, (2018) "Men who experience domestic abuse: a service perspective", Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, https://doi.org/10.1108/JACPR-03-2018-0353

Conference presentation: