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Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse among Civilian Partners of UK Military Personnel: Perceptions of the Impact of Military Life and Experiences of Help-seeking and Support

October, 2021
Article:

This report explores the unique experiences of and challenges faced by civilian victim-survivors of abuse occurring within intimate relationships with military or ex-military personnel. The research centres on discussions around Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse (IPVA) to contextualise research findings.

Abstract

This report, the first of its kind into this topic in the UK, reveals complex issues of culture, stereotypical gendered roles and behaviours, hierarchy, social isolation and separation, extra-relationship and family pressures associated with housing and finance, and complex victim-survivor dynamics. As well as shining a light on the particular factors relating to intimate partner violence and abuse (IPVA), perpetration and victimisation, the findings and recommendations of the report are welcomed for raising important questions for the military chain of command and support services in terms of training and awareness, the transparency of data sharing and the effectiveness of help-seeking pathways, especially where they cross over from military into civilian support avenues.

Full Reference

Alves-Costa, F., Lane, R., Fear, N. T. and MacManus, D., 2021. Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse among Civilian Partners of UK Military Personnel: Perceptions of the Impact of Military Life and Experiences of Help-seeking and Support. Report prepared by King's College London for the Forces in Mind Trust.

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