2.3 A. Research and Evaluations


The Coral Project: Exploring Abusive Behaviours in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender Relationships Interim Report

Donovan, Barnes and Nixon (2014)

This is a report on the interim findings from the first UK study exploring the abusive behaviours of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans (LGB and/or T) people in their intimate relationships.

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Exploring the service and support needs of male, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered and black and other minority ethnic victims of domestic and sexual violence

Hester, M et al (2012)

A wide range of services have worked hard to support female victims. A number of these and other specialist domestic and sexual violence services also cater to needs of both heterosexual and gay men, including those from BME communities, although it is not clear how widely this is recognised.  There is, however, a lack of research, especially in the UK context, that examines the extent and nature of domestic or sexual violence for the victim groups this report is concerned with, let alone their service needs or experience of using services.

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Out of sight, out of mind? Transgender People’s Experiences of Domestic Abuse

LGBT Domestic Abuse Project and Scottish Transgender Alliance (2010)

This research lifts the lid on transgender people’s experience of domestic abuse in Scotland. The limited research available suggests that prevalence rates of domestic abuse may be higher for transgender people than any other section of the population. The picture painted is one of high levels of prejudice and abuse in transgender people’s relationships and home life, coupled with unacceptable negative experiences of accessing services and support when they are so fundamental.

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Prescription for Change: lesbian and bi-sexual women’s health check

Stonewall (2008)

Based on the views of over 6,000 women this survey provides the biggest picture of bisexual and lesbian women’s health outside of North America. The survey reveals that one in four lesbian and bisexual women have experienced domestic violence, the same as women in general. In two thirds of cases, the perpetrator was another woman.

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Comparing Domestic Abuse in Same Sex and Heterosexual Relationships

Donovan, C. et al. (2006)

This report outlines initial findings from the most detailed UK research on same sex domestic abuse and first study in the UK to directly compare domestic abuse in same sex and heterosexual relationships. The research sought to increase knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse in same sex relationships and experiences of help-seeking via the criminal justice system and other agencies. It also aimed to examine similarities and differences regarding domestic abuse across same sex and heterosexual relationships, including how ‘narratives of love’ might be used across these contexts to make sense of violence in intimate relationships.

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Fair’s Fair:  snapshot of violence and abuse in Sydney LGBT relationships

Farrell, J. and Cerise, S. (2006)

The report documents the first research conducted on violence and abuse in LGBT relationships in Sydney and the services and help that was accessed by those who experienced abuse.

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Lambeth LGBT Matters: the needs and experiences of lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans men and women in Lambeth

Keogh, P. et al. (2006)

This research investigated the social care needs of Lambeth LGBT people as well as their experiences of stigma, discrimination and victimisation. It also analysed the experiences of LGBT staff at the Council and assessed Lambeth’s equality policy and procedures in relation to the needs of LGBT residents and staff.

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Abuse in Gay Male Relationships: a discussion paper

Kirkland, K. (2004)

This discussion paper is intended to make accessible the available information on this subject to a variety of audiences: gay men who are experiencing abuse, their friends, colleagues and family members, and relevant professionals (especially therapists, counsellors, health care providers and educators). It also provides suggestions on how to identify and deal with unique aspects of this issue.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Domestic Violence in 2000 / 2001

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (2001) (2002)

These report describe incidents of domestic violence in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community that were reported during the years 2000 and 2001 to community-based anti-violence organisations in nine regions throughout the US.

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Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence among Same-Sex Cohabitants

National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2000)

Extract from the Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence taken from the US National Violence Against Women Survey. Although the Survey did not ask respondents about their sexual orientation, it did ask them whether they had ever lived with a same sex partner as part of a couple. As such, it is possible to compare intimate partner victimization rates among women and men who have a history of same-sex cohabitation with women and men who have a history of marital/opposite-sex cohabitation only.

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At the End of the Rainbow: A Report on Gay Male Domestic Violence and Abuse

Lehman, M. (1997)

This report seeks to explore the patterns, forms, frequency and impact of domestic violence and abuse on gay and bisexual men as well as their help-seeking behaviours and reasons for remaining in abusive relationships.

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The Second Closet: Domestic Violence in Lesbian and Gay Relationships: a Western Australian perspective

Vickers, L. (1996)

This article focuses on the issues relevant to acknowledging and addressing the problem of same sex domestic violence, both generally and within the context of the Perth community.

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