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Violent Betrayal: Partner Abuse in Lesbian Relationships

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Overview

Based on a nationwide study of violence in lesbian relationships, this comprehensive, accessible volume derives from a common theme expressed by the subjects: the sense of having been betrayed, first by their lovers, and subsequently by a lesbian community which tends to deny the problem when victims seek help. Renzetti skillfully addresses several central issues: consequences for victims, batterers and the community as a whole; and what we can learn about domestic violence in general by studying violence in lesbian relationships. The research offers a fresh look at domestic violence by examining the phenomenon of women as perpetrators of intimate violence against women, at the same time making a clear distinction between battering and self defense. Students and professionals in victimology, gender studies, sociology, psychology, criminology, social work, clinical psychology, counseling, and family studies will not want to miss this brilliant work.
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Based on a nationwide study of violence in lesbian relationships, this comprehensive account derives from a common theme expressed by the subjects: the sense of having been betrayed, first by their lovers, and subsequently by a lesbian community which tends to deny the problem when victims seek help. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803938885
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/6/1992
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Renzetti is Professor of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, University of Dayton. A nationally recognized expert in the field, she has authored several books (including the best-selling Women, Men, and Society and Violent Betrayal, the only national study ever on same-sex domestic violence) as well as numerous articles and manuals.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 Studying Lesbian Partner Abuse 7
2 Correlates of Abuse I: Dependency, Jealousy, and the Balance of Power 27
3 Correlates of Abuse II: Substance Abuse and Intergenerational Violence 59
4 Seeking and Receiving Help 75
5 Toward a Better Understanding of Lesbian Battering 115
References 133
Appendix A: Research Instruments 141
Appendix B: Resources for Battered Lesbians 161
Index 194
About the Author 202
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