Less universally recognized is the occurrence of domestic violence among partners of the same sex a patchwork of state laws exist that offer some protections to gay and lesbian victims of . Domestic violence within lesbian relationships is the pattern of violent and coercive behavior in a female same sex relationship wherein a lesbian or other non heterosexual woman seeks to control the thoughts beliefs or conduct of her female intimate partner in the case of multiple forms of domestic partner abuse it is also referred to as lesbian battering. What is lesbian partner violence partner violence in lesbian and gay relationships recently has been identified as an important social problem partner or domestic violence among lesbians has been defined as including physical sexual and psychological abuse although researchers have most often studied physical violence. The publication of violence in gay and lesbian domestic partnerships signifies the growing official recognition of domestic violence within lesbian and gay relationships as a social problem worthy of serious attention and intervention. 2 intimate partner violence and sexual abuse among lgbt people this report provides an overview of existing research on intimate partner violence ipv and sexual abuse ipsa among lesbian gay bisexual and transgender lgbt people and makes recommendations for future research
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