Centrum för genusvetenskap

Intimate partner violence and help-seeking behavior in queer communities

Intimate partner violence (IPV) in LGBTQ relationships is still an understudied phenomenon within the Nordic countries. The concept of men’s violence against women holds a dominate position in the research on IPV and has a strong impact on social policies and the establishment of social services institutions to protect victim-survivors of violence. The heterosexual framing of IPV has made it difficult to address and conceptualize violence occurring in non-heterosexual relationships. Due to the sensitivity of the subject of violence within marginalized and hidden population groups, it is extremely difficult to determine the exact extent of the problem. Studies from other countries have shown a tendency towards an equal or higher prevalence of violence in LGBTQ relationships when compared to heterosexual relationships. The similarities between heterosexual and non-heterosexual IPV concern the types of violence experienced such as psychological, sexual and physical violence, economical control, stalking etc. The main difference between the groups concerns help-seeking barriers. Homo- bi- and transphobic attitudes can make a difficult situation even more difficult and prevent people from seeking help against violence. The study seeks to explore the concept of help seeking to improve an understanding of the challenges facing LGBTQ victim-survivors by including their perspectives along with the perspectives of the professionals working within the field of violence and protection.  

Contact: Nicole Ovesen