Essay about The Forms Of Violence On Gay And Lesbian Relationships

2377 Words May 2nd, 2016 10 Pages
1. Describe the forms of violence pertaining to gay and lesbian relationships. The various forms of violence found in gay and lesbian relationships are very much similar to what is found in heterosexual relationships. In a study conducted by Gregory Greenwood et al. (2002), it was found that the most major forms of violence against gay males included sexual battering, physical battering, and psychological battering. Of the participants surveyed, it was found that five percent were sexually battered, 22 percent were physically battered, and 34 percent were psychologically battered. Sexual abuse is defined as any forced behavior intended to demean or humiliate the partner and instigate feelings of shame and vulnerability. Physical abuse includes any behavior that invokes fear into the victim and causes the victim to modify their behavior in response to an assault. Psychological abuse is any behavior that disregards a partner’s feelings as a means to control the victim. Other forms of violence among gay and lesbian relationships also include economic abuse and identity abuse. Economic abuse is defined as the use or misuse of any monetary resources of the partnership. This may include controlling the victim’s employment or using the victim’s credit cards, checks, and money without their permission. Identity abuse is unique to gay and lesbian relationships because it threatens to expose the partner as homosexual. Threatening to expose a partner’s sexual orientation…

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