Violence in Lesbian Relationships: A Preliminary Analysis of Causal Factors

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Despite the increase in research on domestic violence during the last two decades, little attention has been given to the problem of partner abuse among homosexual couples. The present research takes a step toward developing an understanding of homosexual partner abuse by examining the incidence, forms, and correlates of violence in lesbian relationships. Based on questionnaire data from 100 lesbian victims, the study addresses, in particular, the relationships between lesbian battering and (1) abusers’ dependence on their partners, and (2) perceived power imbalances between partners in abusive lesbian relationships. In addition, the study explores the extent to which responses from the lesbian community and others to victims of abuse may serve to prevent or exacerbate lesbian battering. The article concludes by raising questions to guide future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-399
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1988

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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