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. Domestic violence research is underpinned by feminist theories, and driven my the second wave feminist movement of the 1970s, therefore, victims of LGBTQ domestic abuse have previously been excluded from criminological knowledge and research. Using the theories of sexual identity formation, heteronormativity, homophobia, and masculinity, this research aims to shed light on the experiences of male same-sex domestic abuse; giving a voice to this doubly-stigmatised population who have previously been ignored and marginalised.

Research Interests

Domestic abuse, Male victimisation, Gender, Masculinity, Heteronormativity, Sexual Identity, Feminist theory, Queer criminology.

Research Centre

Centre of Criminological Research (CCR)


LAW 380 - Gender Crime and Criminal Justice


McMahon, L. (2017) Researching Male Same-Sex Domestic Violence in the UK: A Discussion of the Methodological and Ethical Challenges. Sheffield Student Journal of Sociology. 1, (1). 96 - 119.

Conferences Presented

White Rose Socio-Legal Conference, April 2017. ‘Hidden Victims: An Exploration of Male Same-Sex Domestic Violence’.

European Society of Criminology Conference, September 2017. 'Hidden Victims: An Exploration of Male Same-Sex Domestic Violence’.


University of Sheffield School of Law Scholarship 2016

Other Roles

Editorial Assistant to Joanna Shapland on the International Review of Victimology

PGR Representative for the School of Law (2017 - 2018)