Domestic abuse in same sex relationships. Professor Marianne Hester ( with Catherine Donovan & Jonathan Holmes – Sunderland, Melanie McCarry & Eldin Fahmy – Bristol) Economic & Social Research Council, Award No. RES-000-23-0650. The study.
Professor Marianne Hester
( with Catherine Donovan & Jonathan Holmes – Sunderland,
Melanie McCarry & Eldin Fahmy – Bristol)
Economic & Social Research Council,
Award No. RES-000-23-0650
Questions about victims/survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence:
1. A UK-wide survey of domestic abuse in same sex relationships (800 responses, 746 usable questionnaires).
2. Five focus groups with lesbians, gay men and heterosexual women and men of different ages and ethnicities (21 individuals).
3. Semi-structured interviewswith 67 individuals (41 lesbian/gay/queer, 3 bisexual, and 23 heterosexual)
and 1 in 15 men
Total of 67 individuals of which (44 lgbq, 23 heterosexual):
Similar demographics to survey
….I do think it was quite a controlling relationship, yeah. And,I did think, ‘well actually, is this really going to count’… because it’s probably not on the greatest scale of long term, abusive, violent behaviour…. Uhm but it does fall into it, I think. (Kay)
In last 12 months (one or more incidents): heterosexual men 4%,heterosexual women 6%, gay/ bisexual men 9%, lesbian/ bisexual women17%
But yeah I did love her. … I don’t know. I think part of me wanted to help her, um, and I thought loving her would fix everything. (Sarah)
Use of other aspects:
victim may be taller, larger, more educated, higher social class
Because, actually, if two strangers saw me and Marnie together, not knowing either of us or anything about either of us, I think they would probably assume that I was the one with the power in the relationship. Because I am physically bigger than her. I probably come across verbally more confident than her, probably come across more educated than her. (pause) … But I think anybody who spent a weekend with us would quickly realise where the power lay in that relationship
Femininity linked with expectations/experiences of:
Masculinity linked with expectations/experiences of:
Gender and Power?