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Understanding Power Dynamics in Bisexual Intimate Partner Violence: Looking in the Gap

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The aim of this chapter is to enhance the understanding of bisexual intimate partner violence (IPV) as a distinct phenomenon within the field of partner violence. While bisexual IPV has many similarities to heterosexual and same-sex partner abuse, this chapter recommends focusing on the nuances that exist within the differences. For a marginalized sexuality, it is hoped that such an approach will enable bisexual people to better recognize their abusive situation and enhance the development of more bi-appropriate support. The societal context, prevalence rates, theoretical models, and intersectionality of IPV will be considered and critiqued through a bisexual lens. As the evidence based on bisexual IPV is in its infancy, this chapter will draw upon international research and literature to provide a cohesive overview of the phenomenon. In adopting this approach, it is important to acknowledge the differing sociopolitical, legal, cultural, and economic differences that exist between nations. Due to the unique complexities a minority population may experience in any one country, cross-cultural comparisons need to be made with caution (Gadd et al. 2002; Head and Milton 2012; Sinfield 1997). The objective of this review is that the information provided will help inform, develop, and create affirmative practice and support for bisexual people who experience IPV.

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  • Bisexual
  • IPV
  • Bi-invisibility
  • Biphobia
  • Intersectionality

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Head, S. (2020). Understanding Power Dynamics in Bisexual Intimate Partner Violence: Looking in the Gap. In: Russell, B. (eds) Intimate Partner Violence and the LGBT+ Community. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44762-5_7

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