Domestic abuse is an enduring problem in many countries. Efforts to protect victims and raise awareness are having only a limited effect on younger generations of men, a sizeable minority of whom still grow up to become perpetrators. The From Boys to Men Project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to explore why some boys become domestic abuse perpetrators when others do not. The aim of the research is to establish what more can be done to reduce the number of young men who become perpetrators.
This website has been developed to provide information about the project’s methods and findings, and includes a range of free resources that are available for anyone to use.
A Research Toolkit has been developed, explaining how the research was carried out and providing helpful resources to equip others to conduct research in their own contexts (schools, colleges, youth groups, academics) to enable the identification of victims and potential perpetrators of domestic abuse in order that appropriate intervention might be applied to support those individuals. Videos summarising each phase of the study and a range of research materials are available.
The research reports, identifying the main findings from each phase of the research and offering recommendations based on the research evidence as well as highlighting Practice Implications for those working with young men at risk of perpetrating domestic abuse, are available through the Key Findings menu and are free to download. A video presentation is also available in which David Gadd describes the research, explains the key findings and suggests recommendations.
In addition, the website provides a forum for debate about what more can be done to address domestic abuse. You are invited to add your thoughts to the project blog or comment via Facebook or Twitter (@ESRCBoystoMen).
Finally, the site provides resources, including links to other relevant organisations, that might be helpful to young people, teachers and the potential victims of domestic abuse.