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Catherine Donovan and Marianne Hester

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307433

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307433.001.0001

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Identifying and experiencing domestic violence and abuse

Identifying and experiencing domestic violence and abuse

(p.89) FOUR Identifying and experiencing domestic violence and abuse
Domestic violence and sexuality

Catherine Donovan

Marianne Hester

Policy Press

This chapter considers key findings from the COHSAR UK-wide survey. Over a third of respondents said they had experienced DVA ever in a same sex relationship and more had experienced at least one form of potentially DVA behaviour from same sex partners. Similarities and differences across the LGBTQ sample are discussed. Similarities included the range of abusive behaviours experienced by, and impacts on, respondents. Differences included men being significantly more likely to experience physically and sexually abusive behaviours, but impact of sexual abuse on women was greater. Risk factors for potential abuse and heightened impact included younger age, lower income levels and lower educational attainment, and were more marked than gender, and the positioning of individuals by intersection of a number of factors helped to explain vulnerability to DVA. Findings suggest that violence and abuse in same sex relationships is characterised by power and control and not by mutual abuse.

Keywords:   COHSAR survey, similarities LGBTQ, differences LGBTQ, risk factors for abuse, intersectional factors, power and control DVA, mutual abuse

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