This study contributed to the data about same-sex relationship violence with a large sample (n = 499) of ethnically diverse gay men, lesbians, and bisexual and transgendered people. Physical violence was reported in 9% of current and 32% of past relationships. One percent of participants had experienced forced sex in their current relationship. Nine percent reported this experience in past relationships. Emotional abuse was reported by 83% of the participants. Women reported higher frequencies than men for physical abuse, coercion, shame, threats, and use of children for control. Across types of abuse, ethnic differences emerged regarding physical abuse and coercion. Differences across age groups were found regarding coercion, shame, and use of children as tools. Higher income was correlated with increased threats, stalking, sexual, physical, and financial abuses. Preliminary patterns of same-sex relationship abuses were examined for bisexual and transgendered people.
Journal of Family Violence
This study addresses the need for further research on the prevalence of abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender relationships. This study includes the responses from an ethnically diverse sample of 499 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people living in the Houston area. Participants were asked to complete a survey which asked them information about the prevalence of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in a current or past relationship. Reports indicate that 9% of the participants were being physically abused in their relationship while 32% had been physically abused in past relationships. Additionally, 1% reported currently being victims of forced sex within their relationship, 9% were forced into sex in past relationships, and 83% were emotionally abused. Demographic factors such as ethnicity and income were associated with significant differences regarding abuse.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender; prevalence; racial/ethnic differences