Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 55–68 | Cite as

Partner Violence Victimization Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth: Associations Among Risk Factors

  • Lisa Langenderfer-MagruderEmail author
  • N. Eugene Walls
  • Darren L. Whitfield
  • Samantha M. Brown
  • Cory M. Barrett


Literature shows that youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) experience high rates of victimization across various contexts, though there is little research specific to partner violence victimization. Given the deleterious effects of partner violence seen in both youth generally and LGBTQ adults, it is imperative to investigate partner violence among LGBTQ youth. The authors investigated the prevalence of partner violence among a community sample of LGBTQ youth (N = 140) and examined potential correlates of said violence. Approximately half of the participants had ever experienced some form of partner violence. Rates of ever experiencing partner violence were approximately 2.5 times higher for youth who had binge drank in the past month or ever experienced familial abuse and nearly three times higher for youth who had experienced an episode of homelessness in the past year. Implications for professionals who serve LGBTQ youth are discussed.


Adolescents LGBTQ Partner violence Sexual minority Victimization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa Langenderfer-Magruder
    • 1
    Email author
  • N. Eugene Walls
    • 1
  • Darren L. Whitfield
    • 1
  • Samantha M. Brown
    • 1
  • Cory M. Barrett
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Social WorkUniversity of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Cooperative Innovation ConsultantsDenverUSA

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