Louisa McMahonLouisa McMahon

Email: lmcmahon1@sheffield.ac.uk

Thesis tiltle: An Exploration into Domestic Abuse in Male Same-Sex Relationships

Supervisors: Dr Maggie Wykes and Dr Tara Lai Quinlan


BA Social Policy and Criminology – The University of Sheffield (2012-2015)
MA International Criminology – The University of Sheffield (2015-2016)

Scope of Research

My research aims to explore domestic abuse occurring in male same-sex relationships, from both the victim and perpetrators perspective. Victims of LGBTQ domestic abuse have previously been excluded from theories of domestic abuse. Using grounded theory method, and critique of previous feminist theories, my research aims to develop a new theory which will explain and account for male same-sex domestic abuse. This research will shed light on the prevalence of such abuse, giving a voice to those who have previously been ignored; with the possibility of impacting policy and practice.

Research Interests

Domestic abuse, Male victimisation, Gender, Masculinity, Heteronormativity, Feminist theory, Queer criminology, Grounded theory method

Research Centre

Centre of Criminological Research (CCR)


University of Sheffield School of Law Scholarship 2016

Other Roles

Editorial Assistant to Joanna Shapland on the International Review of Victimology