Violence is a male biological trait. When women fight, no one gets seriously hurt. Lesbians don't abuse their spouses. The truth revealed in Janice Ristock's groundbreaking book is that lesbian relationships sometimes do turn violent. Based on interviews with more than one hundred lesbians who have suffered abuse and seventy-five case workers, No More Secrets is the first in-depth account of this startling phenomenon. Although one in four gay and lesbian couples are affected by domestic violence, the problem has remained hidden for several reasons. By giving voice to the victims, Ristock helps women to address violence by breaking silences, sharing secrets, and naming the forms of abuse.
About the Author
Janice Ristock is a community psychologist and Professor of Women's Studies at the University if Manitoba. She is co-author of Community Research as Empowerment: Feminist Links, Postmodern Interruptions (1996) and co-editor of Inside the Academy and Out (1998) and Women and Social Change (1991).
Table of ContentsCONTENTS
Preface: Bearing Witness
1. The Emergence of Lesbian Partner Abuse: Creating a New Category
2.Troubling Tales: Telling Stories, Exposing Language, Raising Questions
A MATERIAL TALE: TELLING STORIES
3. What the Body Remembers: Lesbians' Experiences of Relationship Violence
4. An Innocence Lost: Responses to Violence
A DISCURSIVE TALE: EXPOSING LANGUAGE
5. What's Written on the Body
6. The Politics of Responding: Addressing Violence in Lesbian Relationships
A REFLEXIVE TALE: RAISING QUESTIONS
7. Looking Forward