Dissertation - Public Access
Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy
Dr. Tiffeny Jimenez Ph.D.
Dr. Brad Olsen Ph.D.
Dr. Erica Mango Ph.D
This research project is a focus on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) within LGBTQ+
community and the challenges associated with seeking family support. IPV is defined as a violent
or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of an intimate spouse
or partner. However, IPV can happen on the street, in one’s home or even in a public place. Those
exposed to IPV can be children, men and women. IPV is a prevalent issue in our society (Bright
2008). According to Ristock (2005), violence in LGBTQ+ relationships may be referred to as
partner violence, relationship violence, or LGBTQ+ IPV. IPV however, has been most strongly
associated with heterosexual relationships and assumes certain gendered roles (male batterers,
female victims). Due to this common set of assumptions about intimate relationships and what
counts as IPV, members of the LGBTQ+ communities are outside of the common assistance as a
result of these assumptions. People of the LGBTQ+ population take on a variety of differing
gender roles that may or may not coincide with who they have an intimate relationship with and
therefore challenge the traditional notions of what counts as an intimate partner. It is for this reason
that particular attention needs to be paid to This study uses mixed-methods to explore the
challenges associated with seeking support for IPV within the LGBTQ+ community, and based on
survey findings, uses autoethnography to conduct an in-depth exploration of how one family
provide support, as well as what prevents Black LGBTQ+ identified person from seeking family
support. Future research and implications for policy and practice are discussed.
Yates, Dr. Juanita, ""Understanding LGBTQ+ Intimate Partner Violence & Challenges in" (2018). Dissertations. 316.