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NCJ Number: 153350 Find in a Library
Title: Gay and Bisexual Male Domestic Violence Victimization: Challenges to Feminist Theory and Responses to Violence
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:9  Issue:2  Dated:special issue (Summer 1994)  Pages:95-106
Author(s): P Letellier
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article demonstrates how same-sex male battering challenges contemporary feminist domestic violence theory; the author shows current theory to be heterosexist and therefore insufficient to explain the phenomenon of battering among gay and bisexual men.
Abstract: Domestic violence theories that integrate sociopolitical and psychological analyses of battering are presented as more inclusive of same-sex domestic violence. Differences between battered gay and bisexual men and battered women are illustrated; the focus is on how these men conceptualize and respond to violence against them. The author also examines the social context of homophobia in which same-sex battering occurs, the impact of AIDS on gay and bisexual men as it pertains to battering, the misconception of "mutual combat," and the difficulty of seeking help. He concludes that battered gay and bisexual men differ from battered women in how they respond to and conceptualize domestic violence, despite the similarity of abuse they experience. Often, men cannot see themselves as victims, even when their partners commit violence against them. The need to move away from the feminist sociopolitical analysis of violence and toward more integrated theories to explain domestic violence involving gay partners is emphasized, as well as the need for empirical research on same-sex male battering. 49 references
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Criminology; Domestic assault; Feminism; Gender issues; Homosexuality-crime relationships; Male survivors; Psychological theories; Violence causes; Violent men
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