Affects on Same Sex Couples
- The CDC (2013), found that lesbians and gay men reported relationship violence over their lifetimes at levels equal to or higher than those of heterosexuals.
- According to the NRCDV, 11% of lesbian women reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked by their partner and approximately 23 % of the gay men reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked by their partner
- These statistics can be much higher since relationship violence is under reported.
- One form of abuse that is not seen in a heterosexual relationship is the threat to “out a partner,” which is when one partner threatens to expose the other partners secret of being homosexual to everyone in their family/community.
- A common misconception about same sex relationships are the difficulties to recognize relationship violence between two men or two women since it is hard to determine who the abuser from the victim is.
- ¢Men and women in same sex relationships still go through the same social and gender roles as heterosexual people. It is important to understand that relationship violence does occur in same sex couples because abuse in any form is still abuse regardless of sexual orientation or gender.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013). CDC interpersonal and sexual violence by sexual orientation. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0125_NISVS.html
- National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (2007). LGBT Community and Domestic Violence Statistics. Retrieved from http://www.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/NRC_LGBTDVStatistics.pdf