When Intimate Partner Violence Meets Same Sex Couples: A Review of Same Sex Intimate Partner Violence

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Over the past few decades, the causes of and intervention for intimate partner violence (IPV) have been approached and studied. This paper presents a narrative review on IPV occurring in same-sex couples, that is, same-sex intimate partner violence (SSIPV).

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, 2000) or higher than that among heterosexual couples (Messinger, 2011; Kelley et al., 2012). While similarities between heterosexual and lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) IPV were found, unique features and dynamics were present in LGB IPV. Such features are mainly related to the 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, and specifically domestic 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. The reviews lead us to the conclusion that it is essential to create a place where this subject can be freely discussed and approached both by LGB and heterosexual people.

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Luca Rollè€

Department of Psychology, University of Torino, Turin, Italy

Giulia Giardina

Department of Psychology, University of Torino, Turin, Italy

Angela M. Caldarera

Department of Psychology, University of Torino, Turin, Italy

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers treating IPV in same sex couples. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the SSIV, including who is the victim and who is the perpetrator.

  2. Acknowledge the differences in treating SSIPV vs IPV.

  3. Evaluate the differences in treating SSIPV and HIV SSIPV.

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Course Number: 102405
Credit Hours: 1.5cr
Exam Fee: $10.46
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