Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 171–188 | Cite as

Intimate Partner Violence Victimization Among Non-Heterosexuals: Prevalence and Associations With Mental and Sexual Well-Being

  • Sabine HellemansEmail author
  • Tom Loeys
  • Ann Buysse
  • Alexis Dewaele
  • Olivia De Smet
Original Article


This study focused on intimate partner violence (IPV) among non-heterosexuals in Flanders. Prevalence rates were explored and compared with heterosexual IPV using a first representative sample consisting of 1690 heterosexuals and non-heterosexual individuals. A second convenience sample consisting of 2401 non-heterosexual individuals was used to determine differences between women and men and to explore associations between IPV and victims’ well-being. Physical and psychological IPV inflicted by the current/former partner were reported by 14.5 and 57.9 % of the non-heterosexuals, respectively. Non-heterosexuals and heterosexuals were equally likely to report physical and psychological IPV. Furthermore, non-heterosexual women and men reported similar physical, sexual, and psychological IPV. However, female victims experienced more frequent acts of psychological IPV. IPV was negatively associated with victims’ well-being.


Intimate partner violence Non-heterosexual and heterosexual relationships Mental health Sexual satisfaction Sexual dysfunctions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabine Hellemans
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tom Loeys
    • 1
  • Ann Buysse
    • 1
  • Alexis Dewaele
    • 1
  • Olivia De Smet
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Experimental Clinical and Health PsychologyGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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