Domestic Violence: Causes, Results, and Solutions Research Paper by Nicky

Domestic Violence: Causes, Results, and Solutions
An examination of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in relationships, focusing particularly on gay and lesbian partnerships.
# 146895 | 14,689 words | 28 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper researches the dynamics of disruptive domestic disputes between gay and lesbian couples, and focuses on the counseling and support (both preventative and after the fact) that is available for couples whose lives have been negatively affected by domestic discord. The paper explains that there is a definite gap a definite gap in services for same-sex couples when it comes to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). The paper aims to address that gap and provides a complete and objective view of existing services as they are today, and as they should be given the number of gay and lesbian couples who need support. The paper poses various questions - such as what can be done to prevent IPV and to work with victims, whether gay or straight - and answers them by citing real-life examples. The concept of minority stress is also discussed. The paper concludes with references to helpful sources of information for couples who are experiencing interpersonal difficulties.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) - Definitions / Descriptions
More Sources of Information and Support for Lesbian and Gay Victims
Gays and Lesbians and IPV
Informational Sources
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"Law enforcement officers investigating a domestic disturbance between two gay men may have a difficult time identifying the abuser and the victim, according to Burke (2006) in the Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide. Officers arriving at a home where two gay men have been in a violent clash may incorrectly assume that the males "are of equal strength" and hence can handle the problem. But police need to be able to profile the couple correctly (for example, what is the occupation, education, religious and ethnic background of the two?); the bottom line is that being a person who batters a partner is not based on size or strength in a gay relationship, according to Burke."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Balsam, Kimberly F., & Szymanski, Dawn M. (2005). Relationship Quality and Domestic Violence in Women's Same-Sex Relationships: The Role of Minority Stress. Psychology of Women Quarterly, Vol. 29, 258-269.
  • Brown University. (2008). Same Sex Dating Violence. Health and Education. Retrieved February 16, 2009, from
  • Burke, Tod W., & Owen, Stephen S. (2006). Same-Sex Domestic Violence: Is Anyone Listening? Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, 13(1), 6-7.
  • Centers for Disease Control (2006). Understanding Intimate Partner Violence: Fact Sheet. Retrieved February 14, 2009, from
  • Centers for Disease Control. (2002). World Report on Violence and Health. Retrieved February 12, 2009, from

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