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In a study of gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents, youths involved in same-sex dating are just as likely to experience dating violence as youths involved in opposite sex dating.1
Abuse happens in all kinds of dating relationships, including between same-sex partners. Same-sex relationships can include all the same types of abuse (emotional, verbal, sexual, and physical violence) that heterosexual relationships do, but there are some unique challenges, including:
- Same-sex partners who are being abused may not want to seek help because they are afraid of how they will be treated by the community because of their sexual orientation.
- An abusive partner may “out” their partner (or threaten to) to family, friends, teammates, or others by telling them about their sexual orientation.
- An abusive partner may make their partner feel bad about your sexual history.
- An abusive partner may threaten to alienate their partner from the gay community.
- An abusive partner might tell their partner that police and counselors are homophobic to discourage them from seeking help/reporting the abuse.
For more on same-sex dating abuse:
- Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual Victims section of Finding Safety and Support
- Lesbian/Gay/Transgender/Bisexual/Queer Domestic Violence Information Guide
- The Anti-Violence Project