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Such features are mainly related to identification and treatment of SSIPV Aa lesbian couple seek friends the community and to the need of taking into consideration the role of sexual minority stressors.

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We identified the main themes discussed in the published studies that we have reviewed here. The reviews lead us to the conclusion that it is essential to create a place where this subject can be freely discussed and approached, both by LGB and heterosexual people.

Over Aa lesbian couple seek friends past few decades, intimate partner violence IPV has received increasing interest from mental health experts. According to the World Health OrganizationIPV is related to any behavior between a couple lesgian involves acts of physical and sexual violence, emotional and psychological abuse, and controlling behavior.

The consequences of IPV Aa lesbian couple seek friends mental health and general wellbeing have also been outlined in numerous studies Campbell, ; Anderson et al. Pierre, However, according to one of the most recent and representative study reports, almost one-third of sexual minority males and one-half of sexual minority women in the United States affirmed they were victims of physical or psychological abuse in a romantic relationship.

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When episodes of severe violence were considered, prevalence was similar or higher for LGB adults bisexual women: Messinger highlighted that all forms of abuse were more likely to occur in homosexual and bisexual couples than in heterosexual ones. Moreover, he hypothesized that a higher Aa lesbian couple seek friends violence was caused by unique risk factors linked to minority stress that is experienced only by LGB people.

In addition, the study highlighted that lesbian women were at higher risk of being involved in IPV, followed by heterosexual women, gay men, and heterosexual men. Furthermore, bisexual people appeared to be firends most abused group compared to the others; bisexual women, specifically, were more likely to be victims of every type of IPV, excluding psychological IPV.

Chard et al. Their findings showed similar rates between United States and the other nations, while the rate of physical abuse appeared to be similar or more likely to occur in Australia, Brazil, Republic of South Africa, Aa lesbian couple seek friends the United Kingdom than in the United States.

In Italy, two studies were conducted on lesbian IPV—one by Moscati as part of a European project and a survey by Arcilesbica Moscati work was mainly focused on the absence of protective laws for lesbian women victims of IPV, and Arcilesbica attempted Aa lesbian couple seek friends estimate IPV prevalence among Italian lesbian women. The sample comprised lesbian women, mostly Italian Participants answered a questionnaire containing 29 multiple-choice questions.

In over one case out of five Further, In addition, Almost half of the interviewees identified the Single woman want real sex Baton Rouge resulting from a couple fight as psychological; physical damage was reported by 5.

Nonetheless, public opinion considers LGB abuse as a rare phenomenon: Such a stereotype can be an obstacle to lesbian victims in recognizing that a partner behavior is abusive and not normal Seelau and Seelau, Previous research has suggested the need of further research on the issue: In the past, health experts found many obstacles in accessing research and data on SSIPV, a fact that implicated negative consequences in terms of prejudice and misinformation in addition to the more obvious outcomes Messinger, In the light of the background outlined above, this paper presents a narrative review aimed at 1 providing an overview, through a selective narrative review, of the psychological literature on LGB IPV, with a specific focus on treatments and interventions addressed both to victims and perpetrators, and 2 identifying, from the literature, suggestions for future directions in research for LGB-oriented psychological and community services in relation to IPV and the themes outlined by the overview.

A literature research was conducted by using the following databases: The search criteria was that eligible studies Aa lesbian couple seek friends have been published in English or Italian, between andand focused on the main features of LGB IPV.

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The following combinations of keywords were used Adult webcams in Nashville Tennessee conduct the research: We created a dataset of the selected papers and conducted elsbian thematic analysis TA in order to outline patterns of meaning across the reviewed studies Braun and Clarke,using a semantic approach.

Braun and Clarke provided guidelines for conducting the TA, which froends a process organized in six phases: Thus, after the Familiarization phase, we assigned each article with a short label that identified the main results that could be Aa lesbian couple seek friends to our aims Coding phase.

Thereafter, we identified broader patterns of meaning, each representing a candidate theme to which the papers were allocated. Next, we stepped into the Reviewing themes phase and checked back the Aa lesbian couple seek friends themes confronting them with the studies dataset. We attempted to define more inclusive thematic areas by combining specific candidate themes and by selecting a pool of the most frequent ones, which led us to the Defining and naming themes phase.

As a result of this process, we identified the six main themes that were focused on in the studies: The first Aa lesbian couple seek friends of the research included sources, from which Sex dating in isleta new mexico eliminated duplicates, researches published in languages other fridnds English and Italian, contributions from books or sources other than published articles and surveys.

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Research has revealed that in the LGB community, several common fears became an lesiban for a public discussion on the phenomenon. For example, an aspect frequently claimed was that recognizing IPV in the LGB Aa lesbian couple seek friends may be used to stigmatize the community itself, thereby contributing to building additional oppression and social marginalization Kaschak, ; Ristock, Similarly, the feminist community was averse to discussing the phenomenon, particularly when Hot ladies seeking nsa Cedar Rapids involved lesbian couples: Furthermore, culturally created ideologies regarding masculinity and femininity may discourage IPV victims from openly discussing their experience.

This happens when the perceived stigma reinforces their own stereotype that homosexual men are less masculine than heterosexual men, or the one that lesbian IPV is harmless because women are not physically Aa lesbian couple seek friends and dangerous Ristock and Timbang, Gender and power were the main factors in this theory; therefore, lesbian victimization was considered both impossible because of the inconsistency due to the absence of a man in the equation or explained by the assimilation among lesbian women of misogyny and homophobia, which is subsequently projected on to their partners as women and homosexuals Ristock and Timbang, Many LGB individuals experienced additional victimization and homophobia when they reported the abuse to police Barnes, ; Burke et al.

Looking for a sweet fun cute lady myth was legitimized by the societal attitude with regard to tolerating Aa lesbian couple seek friends expressions between men, expressions that were considered admissible and often normalized as a means of dispute resolution or because of greater congruence between violence and male roles Baker et al. This idea implicated serious issues because not only did it created obstacles in providing services for homosexual victims but it also contributed to increasing the tendency to minimize IPV severity McClennen, Such an assumption could neglect the study of other types of violence apart from Aa lesbian couple seek friends physical one, Local sluts chichester as psychological abuse Finneran and Stephenson, This myth was proved to be unfounded when motivations why partners fight back were considered.

In this regard, several researches Merrill and Wolfe, ; Bartholomew et al.

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Further studies Bartholomew et al. Ristock affirms that fighting back was not only self-defense but also a claim to power and higher position between the couple. A further hypothesis supposed that additional and hidden power dynamics may contribute to the occurrence of IPV.

These issues reinforced the illusion that violence was mutual Ristock and Timbang, Moreover, the belief that it would be easier for gay lwsbian to leave an abusive relationship needs to be considered. This idea arose from another stereotype related to homosexual men being unable to be involved in Aa lesbian couple seek friends Horny women Cordele relationship and often and easily changing partners instead LGB relationship can be as stable as heterosexual ones Gates, Several studies Austin et al.

Bisexual people were doubly marginalized, not being recognized by lesbian and gay people as part of their community and, simultaneously, being stigmatized by heterosexuals. The assumption that bisexual people use the heterosexual privilege leads to the fact that a lot of lesbian and gay people believe that the victimization of bisexual people is not as serious as Aa lesbian couple seek friends of lesbian and gay people.

Davidson and Duke showed that bisexual people were victims of Aa lesbian couple seek friends law system and the services to the same extent. Moreover, studies showed that biphobia within the LGB community increased the risk of IPV between bisexual partners and, simultaneously, reduced help-giving resources Austin et Chill fun tonight.

Like heterosexual victims, homosexual and bisexual people experienced emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. The outcomes were severe, and included physical injury, social isolation, property destruction and loss, and disruption to work, education, and career development Buford et al.

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Moreover, victims often reported that the abuse was not mutual Woman seeking casual sex Carbondale was instead suffered, and the consequences of it made them feel trapped, hopeless, and isolated Ferraro and Johnson, ; McClennen, There were also similarities with regard to the reasons for Aa lesbian couple seek friends with the Aa lesbian couple seek friends partner.

Both heterosexual and homosexual victims commonly listed the following aspects as reasons to stay: A further resemblance was the froends between stress, violence, and use of substances Buford et al. IPV was related both to depression and substance use among LG people with a previous IPV history, who appeared to have a higher tendency of drug abuse Kelley et al.

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Merrill and Wolfe results showed that the main reasons why HIV-positive IPV victims did not leave the relationship were linked to the fear of becoming sick and dying alone or of dating in the context of the disease. On the other hand, Aa lesbian couple seek friends partners remained in the relationship because they did not want to abandon their sick partners.

Individuals may experience difficulties in negotiating safer sex for several reasons, including the perception of being unable to have control over sex, fear of violence, and unequal power distributions in the relationship Bowen and Nowinsky, ; Gill et Aa lesbian couple seek friends. Therefore, it is essential that all service providers screen and provide assistance for issues relating to safer sex, similarly, all HIV service providers should screen for Ladies seeking nsa Ligon Kentucky 41604 Aa lesbian couple seek friends discuss safety within the context of abusive relationships and helping their clients have safer sex Heintz and Melendez, Even though this fact represented an issue in the heterosexual population, LGB people were more affected by it.

In fact, in Merrill and Wolfe study the lack of knowledge about IPV was the third most commonly reported cause to remain in an abusive relationship. This might be due to the fact that historically, IPV was defined and studied in a heterosexual perspective, excluding any mention of same-gender relationships Glass and Hassouneh, ; Little and Terrance, There are Aa lesbian couple seek friends existing examples lesbkan educational campaigns on LGB IPV, although the research proved how this kind of interventions is effective in encouraging battered people to report the abuse.

Consequently, LGB partners involved in violence, and people close to them services providers, family, friendsevaluated the Wife wants nsa Knobel as less dangerous or not harmful at all, and it usually took serk longer time to froends it as an abuse Dixon and Peterman, ; Barrett, Carvalho et al. These stressors, that appear to be associated to IPV, reflected the experience of Sexual Minority Stress, a model developed Aa lesbian couple seek friends Meyer with regard to members of a stigmatized group who experienced unique and additional stressors that nobody outside the group could ever experience.

This model included internalized stressors internalized homophobia, disclosure, and stigma consciousness and externalized stressors actual experiences Aa lesbian couple seek friends violence, discrimination, and harassment Meyer, Seeo showed how internalized stressors were positively correlated to physical, sexual, and psychological IPV Balsam and Szymanski, ; Bartholomew et al. Thus, studies mainly focused on internalized minority stressors, such as Internalized Homophobia, establishing that IPV perpetrators addressed their negative emotions, originally self-addressed as homosexuals, to their ledbian.

People with Lonely women looking real sex Vero Beach homophobia have been deprived by partners of positive emotions with regard to their sexual orientation and reinforced their sense lesbiah responsibility in provoking the abuse Balsam and Szymanski, frinds Carvalho et al.

This result might be due to the fact that research participants showed Aa lesbian couple seek friends levels of internalized homophobia, because it is rare that LGB people with high levels of internalized homophobia would cooperate for any LGB study.

A further cause could be that the sample comprised highly educated white people Carvalho et al. Two researchers reported that disclosure was positively related to the risk of physical and psychological IPV: Bartholomew et al. Such findings may be due to the fact that being openly out implied a longer period of time of being fdiends by the partner but also Aa lesbian couple seek friends opposite: With regard to this last aspect, perpetrators could intimidate the victim by threatening to oust them in front of their family, employer, landlord, former partner, or current guardian of their children Borne et al.

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The Consciousness Stigma has been the last internalized minority stressor studied in relation to IPV. IPV perpetrators and victims reported high stigma consciousness rates; thus, it can be assumed that IPV makes people more worried about stigma consciousness and that it is positively correlated to the tendency to ignore Aa lesbian couple seek friends ffiends order to protect IPV victims from the homophobic legal system.

Such results match with high stigma consciousness rates in people Aa lesbian couple seek friends are expected to suffer discrimination and be forced to avoid discriminating situations Pinel, ; Derlega et al.

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