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Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community

Betty Jo Barrett

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.1133

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Since the mid 1980s, a growing body of theoretical and empirical literature has examined the existence of intimate partner violence (IPV) in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. Collectively, this research has suggested that IPV in rainbow communities occurs at rates comparable to those documented among heterosexual populations and results in similar detrimental psychological, social, and physical consequences for victims. Importantly, however, this work has also highlighted myriad ways in which the social and structural marginalization of gender and sexual minority populations create unique vulnerabilities for IPV that are not shared by cissexual and heterosexual individuals. This entry provides an overview of this scholarship to inform strength-based social work practice with and for LGBT survivors of domestic violence at the macro, mezzo, and micro levels.

Keywords: LGBT; rainbow communities; gender and sexual minority populations; intimate partner violence; domestic violence

Article.  16847 words. 

Subjects: Couple and Family Social Work ; Criminal Justice ; Gender and Sexuality ; Human Behaviour and the Social Environment

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