Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 233–243 | Cite as

Perpetration of Gay and Lesbian Partner Violence: A Disempowerment Perspective

  • Patrick C. McKenry
  • Julianne M. SerovichEmail author
  • Tina L. Mason
  • Katie Mosack
Original Article


Gay men and lesbians may experience domestic violence at rates as high as, or higher than heterosexuals, yet there is a noticeable absence of empirical research investigating this phenomenon. This study investigated same-sex partner violence from a disempowerment perspective to determine the influence of (a) individual characteristics, (b) family of origin factors, and (c) intimate relationship factors. A sample of 77 individuals in distressed relationships (40 gay men and 37 lesbians) were administered a series of quantitative measures in our project office. Data primarily were analyzed using two-way ANOVAs (gender×perpetrator of violence). The greatest number of differences between perpetrators and nonperpetrators was found in individual characteristics. Implications for practitioners working with gay men and lesbians experiencing partner violence are discussed.


Intimate partner violence Gay men Lesbians Same-sex Disempowerment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick C. McKenry
    • 1
  • Julianne M. Serovich
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tina L. Mason
    • 1
  • Katie Mosack
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family ScienceThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA

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