Who Has More Intimate Partner Violence, Gays Or Straights?
    By News Staff | March 4th 2014 02:23 PM | 5 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments

    Two analyses examined issues of sexual orientation and intimate partner violence, including its impact on substance abuse and physical and mental health.

    The first study found that homosexuals and bisexuals were more likely to be involved in intimate partner violence. In the second study, homosexual or bisexual victims of intimate partner violence were more likely to use drugs and alcohol and have health issues compared to heterosexual victims. They found the was risk compounded if one of the couple had experienced abuse as a child.

    Homosexuals and bisexuals had 36 percent more likelihood than heterosexuals of being involved in intimate partner violence - in the dataset the totals were 50 percent and 32 percent respectively. The dataset was a sample of 7,216 women and 6,893 men from the National Violence Against Women Survey from 1995 and 1996.

    "The finding of higher rates of adult IPV victimization for non-heterosexual child abuse victims lend support to the need for special social welfare programs for non-heterosexual victims, programs which are currently severely lacking," the report said. 

    The second study, using the same data from the National Violence Against Women Survey, found that homosexual and bisexual victims of intimate partner violence are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol following their victimization, with 35 percent turning to drugs compared to 23 percent among heterosexuals. In addition, non-heterosexual victims were at higher risk of alcohol abuse and health problems, although heterosexual victims were more likely to suffer mental health issues, the study found.

    The results were released by the Crime Victims' Institute at Sam Houston State University, which studies the impact of crime on its victims, relatives and society and makes policy recommendations for improvements to the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems. 

    "The Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence Victimization By Sexual Orientation" (2014) by Maria Koeppel, Leana A. Bouffard. Upcoming in Violence and Victims and Women and Criminal Justice.


    How is data from so long ago relevant to today? Back in that era, gays and lesbians were "outlaws," and life was tough for ostracized people on the fringes. What would actually be useful would be to compare this old, outdated info to similar data collected today - now that gays and lesbians are recognized as regular people who live normal lives and can get legally married. I predict such a comparison would reveal that there's more of a difference between people of that era and people of this era, than there is between gays and straights today. I don't believe that reported elevated levels of intimate violence is related to sexual orientation per se, but rather to the nature of the society in which it's studied.

    Outlaws? "Will&Grace" was a hit on prime-time television. So was the Ellen Degeneres show "Ellen". You think people did not know both she and Sean Hayes were actually gay?

    You seem to think the 1990s were some sort of barbaric dark ages, which means your information is more outdated than the authors'.
    Are you saying things are no different now from the way they were 20 years ago? And do you actually believe that intimate violence is somehow inherently more prevalent in gay couples than in straight couples? Evidence, please.

    The whole paper is rubbish, I was simply objecting to your made-up assertion that until two years ago partner violence was caused by mean old society.  People who commit violence are responsible, you attempting to make gay violence exculpatory and instead the fault of the rest of America is complete bullshit. As evidence, I noted that conservative network television was not having multiple shows starring/about gay characters in the 1990s if America was all the one-dimensional caricature you childishly painted.
    Hank, my friend, why are you so hostile? I haven't said anything unpleasant, but it seems to me your default response is antagonism. I think it is you who is, to use your word, "childish."