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Expanding Our Understanding of Intimate Partner Violence Experienced Among Queer Women in Same-Gender Relationships

Brock, Victoria

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a well-established public health problem. However, IPV research continues to remain heteronormative in scope and most of IPV research still neglects to include the experiences of queer women in same gender relationships (QWSGR). The purpose of this study is to examine the current literature and findings of IPV research that considers QWSGR and to highlight pitfalls within the current research and discussion. A narrative inquiry framework was used to conduct a qualitative synthesis of articles that were identified through database searches for studies published using key terminology and search terms. A total of 24 articles were included in the final review. Findings were categorized into themes including (1) the lack of research centering on QWSGR; (2) heteronormative barriers to help and support that are rooted in systemic heterosexism and homophobia; and (3) explanations for and common themes within queer women’s experiences of IPV in same-gender relationships. The findings of this study can help public health professionals better understand current trends in research on IPV against queer women, enabling them to prioritize the experiences of queer women and promote more comprehensive research, understanding, and support for queer women survivors of IPV.

Keywords: intimate partner violence; queer women; same-gender relationships; LGBTQ+; lesbian; bisexual


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Sociomedical Sciences
Thesis Advisors
Siegel, Karolynn
M.P.H., Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Published Here
April 7, 2023