#12 Outing The Abuse consideration for effective practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgendered survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.
IPV= Intimate partner violence
LGBT= Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered
Violence in LGBT relationships is often dismissed or not looked at as violence at all.
(“cat fight” two women involved)
Outside large cities, very few domestic violence service systems are available to LGBT
persons experiencing IPV. It is especially difficult for gay or transgendered men, even in
It is important to educate people on the LGBT communities about dynamics
related to IPV
Heterosexism: Represents a set of beliefs about the “natural” superiority or rightness of a
traditional gender tradition and their expression through heterosexual relationships.
Legal practices like to use the defence of “Gay panic” when crimes are justified based on
the attackers fear of the LGBT persons,
Child custody has been denied to gay, lesbian, and transgendered parents.
Until 1973, homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder
Many LGBT persons still face discrimination in various places, like the workplace,
public accommodations, health care setting and within families.
As a result of heterosexism, LGBT people have had to fight for legitimacy in their
relationships. And for some reason it is not truly recognized that LGBT people
experience violence within relationships.
Anxieties exist within the LGBT community about IPV because they are afraid that their
sexual preference may be used against the LGBT community by those who view the
relationships as sinful, or wrong.
May feel like “airing dirty laundry” outside the community will fuel antigay
IPV in LGBT relationships are exactly the same as heterosexual relationships. There is
moth physical abuse, and mental abuse.
If a straight person finds out that their partner is gay, they can use threats of disclosing
their partner’s sexuality as a form of control. And this could also lead to potential loss of
children where family law judges rule against LGBT parents in custody proceedings.
Gay men sometimes do not disclose abuse because society believes that a man should be
able to defend himself or have power.
Bisexuals report struggles with accessing support because they are not seen as belonging
to either community. Most violence that occurs in LGBT communities is not reported to the police or
organizations to collect statistics on abusive relationships.
Future research is needed to better understand the prevalence, context, ri