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Same-Sex Domestic Violence
Strategies for Change

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© 1999 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

While a great deal has been written about domestic violence, almost all of it focuses on the violence of men against their current or former wives or girlfriends. Yet studies have shown that partner abuse is common and as severe among same-sex couples as among heterosexual couples. After years of willful or negligent silence, the gay/lesbian/bisexual communities, the battered women's communities, academicians, and even portions of the general public are beginning to realize that same-sex domestic violence is a serious social and public health issue.

Unfortunately, the social worker, lawyer, mental health professional, police officer, teacher, or lay person who seeks to assist victims of same-sex domestic violence quickly discovers the dearth of written resource material available. There are very few books and only a smattering of articles that focus on same-sex domestic violence. Most of these works deal either with lesbian or gay male abuse, but not both at once. Moreover, most of these works are devoted to explaining the fact of same-sex domestic violence, rather than discussing strategies for addressing it on both the individual and societal level.

This book examines a broad range of issues that confront victims of same-sex domestic violence, whether women or men, and those who offer them services. The goal is to provide a comprehensive resource book consisting of chapters by prominent professionals and activists on topics of practical concern to people who work with victims of same-sex partner abuse, Topics such as HIV, and same-sex domestic violence, establishing safe-home networks for battered gay men, courtroom advocacy, coalition building, and sexual and dating violence prevention. In each chapter, authors are sensitive and responsive to multicultural issues and to broad issues of social oppression and avoid "one-size-fits-all" assumptions and conclusions.

 
PART ONE: PROLOGUE: HEARING THE PROBLEM
K J
Sharing My Story
Patrick Letellier
Rape
Curt Rogers
Personal Story
 
PART TWO: LEGAL PERSPECTIVES
Evan Fray-Witzer
Twice Abused
Same-Sex Domestic Violence and the Law  
Sandra E Lundy
Equal Protection/Equal Safety
Representing Victims of Same-Sex Partner Abuse in Court  
Andrea Cabral and Diane Coffey
Creating Courtroom Accessibility
 
PART THREE: ORGANIZING COALITIONS / BUILDING COMMUNITIES
Charlene Allen and Beth Leventhal
History, Culture and Identity
What Makes GLBT Battering Different  
Ann Russo
Lesbians Organizing Lesbians Against Battering
Bea Hanson and Terry Maroney
HIV and Same-Sex Domestic Violence
Curt Rogers
Six Steps
Organizing Support Services and Safe-Home Networks for Battered Gay Men  
Beth Crane et al
Lesbians and Bisexual Women Working Cooperatively to End Domestic Violence
Jennifer Margulies
Coalition Building 'Til It Hurts
Creating Safety Around S/M and Battering  
Tonja Santos
Woman-to-Woman Battering on College Campuses
José Toro-Alfonso
Domestic Violence Among Same-Sex Partners in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Communities in Puerto Rico
Approaching the Issue  
Martha Lucía García
A `New Kind' of Battered Woman
Challenges for the Movement  
Sarah Sulis
Battered Bisexual Women
 
PART FOUR: PROVIDING SERVICES
Jennifer Grant
An Argument for Separate Services
Alma Banda Goddard and Tara Hardy
Assessing the Lesbian Victim
Gregory S Merrill
1 in 3 of 1 in 10
Sexual and Dating Violence Prevention Groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Youth  
Robb Johnson
Groups for Gay and Bisexual Male Survivors of Domestic Violence
Susan Cayouette
Running Batterers Groups for Lesbains

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