Intimate Partner Violence Among Sexual Minority Populations: A Critical Review of the Literature and Agenda for Future Research

Citation

Edwards, Katie M.; Sylaska, Kateryna M.; & Neal, Angela M. (2015). Intimate Partner Violence Among Sexual Minority Populations: A Critical Review of the Literature and Agenda for Future Research. Psychology of Violence.

Abstract

Objective: This authors provide an overview and critical analysis of research on intimate partner violence (IPV) among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) persons and discuss recommendations for future research on the topic. Method: Ninety-six empirical articles published from 1999 to the present, examining IPV among samples of LGB persons, were reviewed. Results: Research documents that rates of IPV among LGB individuals are equal to or greater than rates observed among heterosexual individuals. A number of risk factors for IPV victimization and perpetration among LGB individuals have also been identified; these risk factors are similar to those documented among heterosexual individuals and also include minority stress risk factors (e.g., internalized homonegativity), which may help explain increased rates of IPV among sexual minorities. A substantial research literature also documents disclosure, help-seeking, leaving, and recovery processes among LGB victims of IPV, indicating a number of similarities to heterosexual victims of IPV, as well as differences, which too can be understood through a minority stress framework. Conclusion: We identified a number of important future research strategies within the domains of measurement, participants/sampling, study methodology, and IPV co-occurrence with other forms of violence. We also discussed the importance of addressing minority stress in IPV prevention efforts for LGB individuals, and improving LGB IPV service availability and provider sensitivity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

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Keyword(s)

domestic violence

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Psychology of Violence

Author(s)

Edwards, Katie M.
Sylaska, Kateryna M.
Neal, Angela M.

Year Published

2015

ISSN/ISBN

2152-0828

DOI

10.1037/a0038656

Reference ID

5450