A Journey to Re-Empowerment: A Phenomenological Description of the Experiences of Male Victims of Crime

Haynes, Jennifer (2007). A Journey to Re-Empowerment: A Phenomenological Description of the Experiences of Male Victims of Crime PhD Thesis, School of Social Science , University of Queensland.

       
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Author Haynes, Jennifer
Thesis Title A Journey to Re-Empowerment: A Phenomenological Description of the Experiences of Male Victims of Crime
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution University of Queensland
Publication date 2007
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Dr Kathy Ahern
Abstract/Summary There has been, to date, minimal research on the experiences of male victims of crime. The research into gender differences in the experiences of criminal victimization have tended to focus on women leaving the male experience to be extrapolated from that of women. This study uses phenomenology to describe the experiences of men who are criminally victimized. The men described an eight phase process of victimization: “What Happened Was”, the “Emotional Wince”, “He Stole My Power”, “Let Me Tell You How It Felt”, Coming To An Understanding Of The Crime”, “Regaining Control”, “Consciously Taking Back Power” and “It’s Over Now, It’s Not Important”. The main goal of the men was to reclaim their lost sense of personal empowerment, stolen in the instance of the crime. The men also had a need to talk through the crime and its aftermath. A supportive listener assisted the man through the process to re-empowerment, whilst a non-supportive listener could complicate the criminal experience, invalidate the victim and result in the man either disengaging from the support process or adopting the non-confirmatory reactions of the listener. Thus the listener held considerable power. Recommendations include police in-service training and the increased use of community conferencing. It is particularly recommended that some attention be paid to rehabilitating the term “victim” given that men do not easily accept the notion of being a victim.

 
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