Louis What is lesbian partner violence? Partner violence in lesbian and gay relationships recently has been identified as an important social problem. Partner or domestic violence among lesbians has been defined as including physical, sexual and psychological abuse, although researchers have most often studied physical violence. How common is lesbian partner violence?
Over the past few decades, the causes of and intervention for intimate partner violence IPV have been approached and studied. Despite the myth that IPV is exclusively an issue in heterosexual relationships, many studies have revealed the existence of IPV among lesbian and gay couples, and its incidence is comparable to Turell, or higher than that among heterosexual couples Messinger, ; Kelley et al. Such features are mainly related to identification and treatment of SSIPV in the community and to the need of taking into consideration the role of sexual minority stressors. Our findings show there is a lack of studies that address LGB individuals involved in IPV; this is mostly due to the silence that has historically existed around violence in the LGB community, a silence built on fears and myths that have obstructed a public discussion on the phenomenon. We identified the main themes discussed in the published studies that we have reviewed here.
Is violence more common in same-sex relationships?
Ana Maria R. Santos 1. This study aimed to characterize the prevalence of violence in intimate relationships between same-sex partners in Portugal using the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales.
Domestic abuse in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — reproduced with kind permission of Domestic Abuse Oxfordshire. Domestic abuse in the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community is a serious issue. As in opposite-gendered couples, the problem is underreported.