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LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence: Lessons for Policy, Practice, and Research

by Adam Messinger University of California Press
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Hbk 328 pages
AU$111.00 NZ$113.91
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Nationally representative studies confirm that LGBTQ individuals are at an elevated risk of experiencing intimate partner violence. At the same time, while many similarities exist between LGBTQ and heterosexual intimate partner violence, research has illuminated a variety of unique aspects of LGBTQ intimate partner violence regarding the predictors of perpetration, the specific forms of abuse experienced, barriers to help-seeking for victims, and policy and intervention needs.


This is the first book that systematically reviews literature regarding LGBTQ intimate partner violence, draws key lessons for current practice and policy, and recommends research areas and enhanced methodologies.

List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Making the Invisible Visible 2. How Do We Know What We Know? 3. What Is LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)? 4. Why Does LGBTQ IPV Happen? 5. How Can We Improve Nongovernmental Responses? 6. How Can We Improve Government Responses? 7. Conclusions: Where Do We Go from Here? Appendix: Book Methodology Notes Bibliography Index

“Adam M. Messinger reminds us that although much has changed since the 1980s and '90s—and for the better—a great deal unfortunately remains unchanged. But he shows us the way forward by highlighting the knowledge gaps and suggesting practical solutions for making 'the invisible visible.'  This comprehensive review of research on LGBTQ IPV will prove invaluable to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, advocates, and survivors.”—Claire M. Renzetti, Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair for Studies of Violence against Women and Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of Kentucky  


“This is the definitive book on domestic violence in LGBTQ communities and is destined to be a classic. It is essential reading for academics, practitioners, policy makers, and activists. In fact, everybody who works in this field should have this book because it is such a useful resource and will speak to you on many levels.”—Walter S. DeKeseredy, Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology, West Virginia University
Adam M. Messinger is Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Northeastern Illinois University.