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Domestic violence and sexuality: What’s love got to do with it?

Catherine Donovan and Marianne Hester


This book provides the first detailed discussion in the UK of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) in same sex relationships, offering a unique comparison with DVA experienced by heterosexual women and men. It examines how experiences of DVA may be shaped by gender, sexuality and age, including whether and how victims/survivors seek help, and asks, what’s love got to do with it? A pioneering methodology, using both quantitative and qualitative research, challenges the heteronormative model in domestic violence research, policy and practice. The findings show similarities and differences in experi ... More

Keywords: domestic violence and abuse, same sex relationship, gender, sexuality, first same sex relationships, age, practices of love, relationship rules

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781447307433
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447307433.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Donovan, author

Marianne Hester, author