Are the experiences for victims of same-sex domestic abuse different from those of heterosexual domestic abuse victims?: a critical analysis of the literature

Wilkins, Lisa-Marie (2014) Are the experiences for victims of same-sex domestic abuse different from those of heterosexual domestic abuse victims?: a critical analysis of the literature. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This report was compiled by analysing academic literature written around the subject of same-sex domestic abuse (DA). Articles were selected based on their relevance to this subject with the aim of finding common themes from experiences of victims of same-sex DA and finding unique issues that were not a factor in heterosexual relationships when seeking help from professionals. A review of the literature was carried out which showed many areas that need to be researched and analysed further within same-sex domestic abuse cases. Clear themes emerged that were recurring throughout the academic literature researched for this study. These themes were, why victims chose not to report the abuse, how they felt they would be treated by professionals and the role gender plays in their experience. These themes showed how Gay and Lesbian victims are discriminated against on different levels, such as how the inequalities and discrimination feature in the social circumstances of individuals and in the interactions between individuals and the welfare state. It is these levels which interact and contribute to the experiences of gay and lesbian victims of DA (Thompson, 2001). It is argued that through the analysis of current literature, practice can be improved by challenging discrimination and improving service outcomes and ‘help’ received by victims. This can only seek to positively influence the experiences of lesbian and gay victims of DA.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2014 13:51
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15405

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