Sexual Violence as a Form of Abuse in Men’s Experiences of Female-Perpetrated Intimate Partner Violence

Date01 November 2020
Published date01 November 2020
Subject MatterArticles
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
2020, Vol. 36(4) 582 –595
© The Author(s) 2020
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DOI: 10.1177/1043986220936115
Sexual Violence as a
Form of Abuse in Men’s
Experiences of Female-
Perpetrated Intimate
Partner Violence
Elizabeth A. Bates1 and Siobhan Weare2
The issue of men’s sexual victimization in the context of intimate partner violence
(IPV) where the perpetrator is female has received minimal attention. This article
brings together and analyses data from two empirical studies conducted in the United
Kingdom—one exploring men’s experiences of being forced-to-penetrate women
and another investigating men’s experiences of female-perpetrated IPV. Analysis of
the data found that men experienced sexual violence alongside a range of other
abusive behaviors, but that there was a clear relationship between the sexual
violence and physical violence/ force, and coercive and controlling behaviors that they
experienced. These novel insights improve our understanding about men’s sexual and
domestic violence victimization, as well as challenge gender and sex-role stereotypes
around men and masculinity and the (im)possibility of them experiencing sexual and
domestic abuse from a female partner.
male victims, female perpetrators, intimate partner violence, sexual violence
Sexual violence within intimate relationships is an issue that has received a substantial
amount of attention within existing academic literature (e.g., see Frieze, 1983; Martin
et al., 2007). This is particularly the case in feminist scholarship, where the experiences
1Institute of Health, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, UK
2The Law School, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
Corresponding Author:
Siobhan Weare, The Law School, Bowland North, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK.
936115CCJXXX10.1177/1043986220936115Journal of Contemporary Criminal JusticeBates and Weare

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