Examining factors co-existing with interpersonal violence in lesbian relationships

Lisa Eaton, Michelle Kaufman, Andrea Fuhrel, Demetria Cain, Charsey Cherry, Howard Pope, Seth C. Kalichman

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Abstract

Interpersonal violence within lesbian relationships is a significant yet understudied problem. Women attending a gay pride festival in Atlanta, GA, were asked to complete a survey concerning same-sex interpersonal violence. Women who reported being in a current or previous same-sex partner relationship were included in the analyses (N∈=∈226). Factors that occurred in the context of interpersonal violence were investigated: substance use, HIV/STI risk behaviors, barriers to reporting abuse, and attitudes inhibiting seeking of social support. In addition, the survey assessed relationship-related power dynamics. Results of multivariate analyses support the hypotheses that power imbalance and inequality when making sex-related decisions within women's same-sex relationships are associated with interpersonal violence. Further findings suggested that a combination of factors must be considered when dealing with and reducing the risk for violence in same-sex relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-705
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume23
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008

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Mandatory Reporting
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Multivariate Analysis
Sexual Minorities
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Surveys and Questionnaires
Power (Psychology)

Keywords

  • Interpersonal violence
  • Lesbian relationships
  • Power
  • Sexual decision making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Examining factors co-existing with interpersonal violence in lesbian relationships. / Eaton, Lisa; Kaufman, Michelle; Fuhrel, Andrea; Cain, Demetria; Cherry, Charsey; Pope, Howard; Kalichman, Seth C.

In: Journal of Family Violence, Vol. 23, No. 8, 11.2008, p. 697-705.

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Eaton, Lisa ; Kaufman, Michelle ; Fuhrel, Andrea ; Cain, Demetria ; Cherry, Charsey ; Pope, Howard ; Kalichman, Seth C. / Examining factors co-existing with interpersonal violence in lesbian relationships. In: Journal of Family Violence. 2008 ; Vol. 23, No. 8. pp. 697-705.
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