Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 281–293 | Cite as

A Descriptive Analysis of Same-Sex Relationship Violence for a Diverse Sample

  • Susan C. Turell


This study contributed to the data about same-sex relationship violence with a large sample (n = 499) of ethnically diverse gay men, lesbians, and bisexual and transgendered people. Physical violence was reported in 9% of current and 32% of past relationships. One percent of participants had experienced forced sex in their current relationship. Nine percent reported this experience in past relationships. Emotional abuse was reported by 83% of the participants. Women reported higher frequencies than men for physical abuse, coercion, shame, threats, and use of children for control. Across types of abuse, ethnic differences emerged regarding physical abuse and coercion. Differences across age groups were found regarding coercion, shame, and use of children as tools. Higher income was correlated with increased threats, stalking, sexual, physical, and financial abuses. Preliminary patterns of same-sex relationship abuses were examined for bisexual and transgendered people.

family violence lesbian gay men sexual assault abuse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan C. Turell
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Houston-Clear LakeUSA

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