Contact person:
Lotta Sjögran
  • Malmö University
Responsible at Malmö University:
Charlotta Sunnqvist
Project members:
Time frame:
01 September 2017 - 01 September 2021
Research subject:

About the project

Violence of violence is a widespread problem in society (BRÅ, 2016) and the research shows that people who have been subjected to violence also report mental ill health to a greater extent than people without experience of violence (NCK, 2013). A Swedish population study reported that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, deliberate self-harm and substance abuse was more common among men who had been exposed to violence at some time during their life course. However, many men often refrain from telling about their experiences of violence (NCK, 2014).

Men with severe mental disorder are more exposed to violence than the rest of the population (Goodman et al, 2001; Latalova, 2014, Bengtsson & Tops, 2012). A study from the US also shows that men who seek psychiatric care are also more exposed to intimate partner violence (Chang, 2011), which is one of the few studies done on the subject.

The aim with this study is to chart and illuminate life events and disclosure of abuse as well as mental ill health during the life course, among men in general psychiatric- and addiction care. 

Violence as the cause of illness and ill-health needs to be examined by the health care system in order for a good care to be offered (NCK, 2013). The National Board of Health and Welfare recommends that questions about violence be routinely asked as soon as there is a suspicion of violence (SOSFS 2014: 4). To be able to identify these people and be able to offer adequate care to these patients, we need more knowledge about this group (Oram et al, 2013). This is in accordance with the Health and Medical Care Act (2017: 30) regarding equal care on equal terms for the entire population.

By highlighting men's exposure to violence and their mental illness during a life course, understanding can increase how these experiences affect their mental health and how psychiatric care can develop a better treatment, nursing care and treatment for male victims of violence.