People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer LGBTIQ experience intimate partner violence at similar rates as those who identify as heterosexual. There has been an invisibility of LGBTIQ relationships in policy and practice responses and a lack of acknowledgement that intimate partner violence exists in these communities. Beliefs that privilege heterosexual relationships affect victims' experiences as well as policy and practice responses. Homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism affect the experience of, and responses to, intimate partner violence in LGBTIQ populations.
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Domestic violence in lesbian relationships - Wikipedia
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.
Domestic violence in lesbian relationships
Updated July 12, They built a home together and had two children. But eight or nine years later, as the stresses piled up — the death of loved ones, the need to field the parenting opinions of their children's biological fathers — Janie began subjecting the family to lashings of verbal abuse. She would scream at Elizabeth and the children, Elizabeth said, for items that went missing in the house, or if something fell out of the cupboard.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, FDV 2. Canberra: AIHW.