Addressing intimate partner violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients

J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Aug;26(8):930-3. doi: 10.1007/s11606-011-1697-6. Epub 2011 Mar 30.


The medical community's efforts to address intimate partner violence (IPV) have often neglected members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. Heterosexual women are primarily targeted for IPV screening and intervention despite the similar prevalence of IPV in LGBT individuals and its detrimental health effects. Here, we highlight the burden of IPV in LGBT relationships, discuss how LGBT and heterosexual IPV differ, and outline steps clinicians can take to address IPV in their LGBT patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bisexuality* / psychology
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female* / psychology
  • Homosexuality, Male* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sexual Partners* / psychology
  • Spouse Abuse / prevention & control
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology
  • Spouse Abuse / therapy*
  • Transsexualism* / psychology