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Appendix A: Schedule for interviews and focus groups

Introduction

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us today.

Before we begin, I would like to remind you that participation in this research is completely voluntary. You can withdraw consent at any stage and you do not have to answer questions that you do not feel comfortable doing so.

Everything you say today is confidential and no identifying information will be included in the final report.

(If a Focus Group) To protect the confidentiality of the other people involved in this focus group, please do not talk about what we discuss here today with anyone else.

First off I would like to ask you a few questions about the kinds of services that your agency provides victims of crime, and the types of support needs that male victims of crime have.

  1. Could you give us a brief overview of the services your agency provides victims of crime (prompts—counselling, court support, financial aid)? How do victims of crime come into contact with your service (prompts—referrals from the police)?
  2. From your experience, how do the men who engage with your service respond to being victimised (prompts—bravado, denial of harm, aggression).
  3. Do you think that men react differently to women when they have been victimised? How so?
  4. In your view, are there groups of men that are more likely to be significantly affected by their experiences of victimisation than others (prompts—Indigenous, CALD, young men, mentally ill, homeless)?
  5. From your experiences, what support do male victims need? Do male victims have different support needs to women? How so?
  6. I’d like you to consider a hypothetical situation. Say you had a female client and a male client. Both were victims of a mugging and they had contacted your service looking for help. Would you respond to the male victim differently to the female victim? In what ways?
  7. From your perspective, does your agency cater to male victims? How so (prompts—specific training for support workers, male victim liaison officers)?
  8. What do you think are the main barriers for male victims of crime seeking to engage with support services (prompts—lack of knowledge about available services, eligibility, feelings of shame)?
  9. What do you think are the main barriers for support services seeking to engage with male victims of crime (prompts—resistance from victims, victim bravado)?
  10. 10. Do you believe that the needs of male victim of crime are being met by the support services that are currently available in NSW? What are the gaps (prompts—migrant populations, young men)

Now I’d like to ask you a few questions about the experiences of male victims of crime that participate in the trial of the offender.

  1. 11. From your experiences, what impact does participating in the court process have on victims (prompts—emotional, psychological, social, financial). Do male victims have different support needs from women when they attend court? What are they?
  2. 12. Do you think that male victim/witnesses pose specific issues for court proceedings that women do not (prompts—non-attendance, defensiveness and aggressiveness during cross-examination).
  3. 13. That’s all the questions we had for you today. Was there anything you think we didn’t cover that you would like to discuss now?

Thankyou [everyone] for participating today. We will be conducting interviews for all of September so if anyone has any additional thoughts, or thinks of someone else that we should be talking to as part of this research, please do not hesitate to contact us.