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NCJ Number: NCJ 240502     Find in a Library
Title: Intimate Partner Abuse among African American Lesbians: Prevalence, Risk Factors, Theory, and Resilience
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Author(s): Nicholle A. Hill ; Kamilah M. Woodson ; Angela D. Ferguson ; Carlton W. Parks Jr.
  Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:27  Issue:5  Dated:July 2012  Pages:401 to 413
Date Published: 07/2012
Page Count: 13
  Annotation: This article presents an intersectionality-based model for conceptualizing the risk factors associated with intimate partner abuse (IPA) among African-American lesbians.
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to present an intersectionality-based model for conceptualizing the risk factors associated with intimate partner abuse (IPA) among African-American lesbians. The available literature on prevalence and risk factors associated with IPA suggests that: (a) estimates of prevalence rates for African-American lesbian IPA could range from 25 percent to 40 percent, with the higher end of the range representing the inclusion of nonphysical forms of abuse (i.e., verbal abuse, intimidation, and coercion); and (b) the risk factors most likely to be associated with IPA for this population include poverty, history of trauma and mental health symptoms (including substance abuse), in addition to distress caused by multiple and intersecting forms of oppression (i.e., racialized, classist sexism and heterosexism). The model demonstrates the manner in which all of these risk factors intersect to create disproportionately high risk for this underresearched and underserved population. A psychodynamically based model is also presented that illustrates the cycle of abuse within an African-American lesbian relationship. Finally, a model depicting the most likely protective factors segues into a brief concluding discussion about the implications for intervention, prevention, policy, education, and future research. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Homosexuality ; Black/African Americans ; Females ; Domestic violence causes ; Victimization risk ; Verbal abuse
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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