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NCJ Number: 184364 Find in a Library
Title: Descriptive Analysis of Same-Sex Relationship Violence for a Diverse Sample
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:15  Issue:3  Dated:September 2000  Pages:281-293
Author(s): Susan C. Turell
Editor(s): Vincent B. Van Hasselt; Michel Hersen
Date Published: September 2000
Page Count: 13
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study contributed to the data about same-sex relationship violence with a large sample of 499 ethnically diverse gay men, lesbians, and bisexual and trans-gendered people.
Abstract: The study sample was drawn primarily from the Houston, Texas, area. Of the 499 participants, 227 were men, 265 were women, and 7 identified themselves as male to female transgendered. Physical violence was reported in 9 percent of current and 32 percent of past relationships. One percent of participants experienced forced sex in their current relationships, and 9 percent reported this experience in past relationships. Emotional abuse was reported by 83 percent of participants. Women reported higher frequencies than men for physical abuse, coercion, shame, threats, and use of children for control. Across types of abuse, ethnic differences emerged regarding physical abuse and coercion. Differences across age groups were found with respect to coercion, shame, and use of children as tools. Higher income was correlated with increased threats and stalking and with sexual, physical, and financial abuse. Bisexual and transgendered people were more likely than either gay men or lesbians to use their children for control, were equally likely as lesbians to be threatened, and were less likely than either gay men or lesbians to experience coercion and shame. 20 references and 6 tables
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Criminal justice research; Domestic assault; Female victims; Homosexuality-crime relationships; Male survivors; Sexual assault victims; Texas; Violence causes; Violent men
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