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Intimate Betrayal: Domestic Violence in Lesbian Relationships

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Overview

Help ease the secret suffering of lesbians in abusive relationships!

Why is woman-on-woman violence so often ignored or discounted? Intimate Betrayal: Domestic Violence in Lesbian Relationships uncovers the hidden problem of lesbians who hurt the women they love. This long-needed book brings together theory, practice, and research to suggest new and fruitful ways to understand, prevent, and treat this common problem.

Intimate Betrayal provides new empirical research into the psychological and sociocultural causes of abuse. As several of the chapter authors demonstrate, neither traditional feminist theories about power nor heterosexist paradigms explain the causes, dynamics, or treatment of this problem. However, the new research presented here suggests helpful diagnostic criteria and effective treatments.

Intimate Betrayal analyzes the factors that contribute to lesbian domestic violence, including:

  • heterosexism and homophobia
  • minority stress
  • emotional isolation and lack of community ties
  • revictimization of women who have previously suffered abuse
The thorough literature review included reveals the paucity of attention that has been paid to this problem. Intimate Betrayal suggests exciting new models for freeing women from domestic violence, including the use of clinical and community resources and liberation theology. Community activists, counselors, and psychologists will be intrigued by the insightful analysis of the root causes of lesbian-on-lesbian violence and the valuable treatment suggestions. Researchers will welcome the new avenues it opens for additional research.
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Analyzes the factors that contribute to lesbian domestic violence, and suggests treatments tailored to this community. The seven papers discuss the impact of homophobia and heterosexism on lesbian relationships, and the application of the fundamental interpersonal relations orientation-behavior test to a sample group of abusers. Simultaneously published as , v.23, no.3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789016638
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Intimate Betrayal: Domestic Violence in Lesbian Relationships 1
Forging Community Links to Address Abuse in Lesbian Relationships 7
Nowhere to Hide: Lesbian Battering, Homophobia, and Minority Stress 25
Knowledge About Heterosexual versus Lesbian Battering Among Lesbians 39
Decentering Heterosexuality: Responses of Feminist Counselors to Abuse in Lesbian Relationships 59
The Power of Shame: Lesbian Battering as a Manifestation of Homophobia 73
Lesbians Who Abuse Their Partners: Using the FIRO-B to Assess Interpersonal Characteristics 87
Domestic Violence in Lesbian Relationships 107
Index 129
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