Victimization and perpetration rates of violence in gay and lesbian relationships: gender issues explored

Violence Vict. Summer 1997;12(2):173-84.

Abstract

This study explores gender differences in victimization and perpetration experiences of gays and lesbians in intimate relationships. A sample of 283 gays and lesbians reported on their experiences both as victims and perpetrators of gay/lesbian relationship violence by completing a modified version of the Conflict Tactics Scale (Straus, Gelles, & Steinmetz, 1980). General results indicate that 47.5% of lesbians and 29.7% of gays have been victimized by a same-sex partner. Further, lesbians reported an overall perpetration rate of 38% compared to 21.8% for gay men. Other findings were as follows: (1) lesbians were more likely to be classified as victims and perpetrators of violence than gay men; (2) lesbians were more likely to report pushing or being pushed than gay men; (3) lesbians reported experiencing a greater number of different victimization and perpetration tactics than gay men; and finally, (4) when items were weighted to create an indicator of severity, no significant differences between lesbians and gay men were found.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Crime Victims / psychology*
  • Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Homosexuality / psychology*
  • Homosexuality / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Iowa
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sampling Studies
  • Sex Factors
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology*
  • Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires