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Domestic Violence - A Literature Review
Literature about domestic violence.
# 149334 | 2,100 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 07, 2011 in Gender and Sexuality (Homosexuality) , Psychology (Clinical)

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This paper presents a literature review about domestic violence, focusing on both heterosexual and homosexual couples. First, the paper gives the definition of abuse as in the heterosexual and homosexual worlds. Then, statistics and the reasons why domestic violence occurs are also discussed. Additionally, the research points out the differences between the occurrence of domestic violence in straight and gay households. Finally the review explores the use of art therapy in assisting those who have dealt with domestic violence.


Domestic Violence
Prevalence of Domestic Violence in the Gay and Lesbian Community
Support for Same Sex Couples
Therapy for those effected by Domestic Violence

From the Paper:

"Although both heterosexual and homosexual couples experience domestic violence the psychology of the abuse is somewhat different because the partners are the same gender. For instance, according to McLennan (2005) the patriarchal theory of domestic violence is not applicable to same sex couples. The author explains that this theory asserts that domestic violence is a result of cultures domination of men over women. As such it cannot properly explain violence within the context of same sex relationships. Although the patriarchal theory is inadequate as it pertains to providing an explanation for somesic violence amongst same sex couples, there are other theories that do provide some explanation. The authors explain "Island and Letellier (1991) attributed partner abuse to perpetrators' personality disorders. Renzetti (1996) asserted the feminist theory, with its emphasis on sociopolitical oppression of at-risk populations, underlies same-gender IPV. Integrating the former two theories, Merrill (1996) proposed the social psychological theory attributing IPV between same-gender partners to oppression, learned behaviors, and individual choices (McClennen, 2005)." The author points out that the social-psychological theory can explains gay male IPV, it does little to explain the domestic violence that occurs amongst lesbian women."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "About Art Therapy". American Art Therapy Association
  • "Domestic Violence". National Institutes of Health.
  • McClennen, J.C.. (2005) Domestic Violence Between Same-Gender Partners. Journal of Interpersonal violence. 20 (2), 149-154.
  • McClennen, J. C., Summers, B.,&Daley, J. G. (2002). Lesbian partner abuse scale. Research on Social Work Practice, 12(2), 277-292.
  • McClennen, J. C., Summers, B., & Vaughan, C. (2002). Gay men's domestic violence: Dynamics, help-seeking behaviors, and correlates. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 14(1), 23-49.

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