Domestic Violence and Sexuality

What's Love Got To Do with It?

Catherine Donovan and Marianne Hester

Catherine Donovan and Marianne Hester

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447307433 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only
This book provides the first detailed discussion of domestic violence and abuse in same-sex relationships, offering a unique comparison between same-sex and heterosexual contexts. Catherine Donovan and Marianne Hester examine how experiences of domestic violence and abuse are shaped by gender, sexuality, and age, seeking to understand what factors drive victims to seek—or not seek—help. Employing a pioneering methodology that includes both quantitative and qualitative research, they provide a new framework of analysis—what they call “practices of love”—that challenges heteronormative models of engaging domestic violence in research, policy, and practice.  
Evan Stark | Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration
Domestic Violence and Sexuality changes the public story about domestic violence. The heart of the book is the rich trove of interviews in which female and male identified survivors reflect on their experience. Respectful, often heartbreaking, and always instructive, this work sets a gold standard for how we understand domestic abuse in same-sex relationships.”
Janice Ristock | University of Manitoba
“Donovan and Hester present compelling new research that explores love and violence in both same-sex and heterosexual relationships. We see the impact of societal and cultural beliefs on experiences of domestic violence across different genders and sexualities. This is essential reading for researchers and practitioners who want to stop partner abuse and promote respectful and equal relationships.”
Michael P. Johnson | Pennsylvania State University
“This book is not just about domestic violence and abuse in same-sex relationships, although its contributions in that arena would be more than enough for me to call it a ‘must read.’ Beyond that, Donovan and Hester’s analysis of their data in terms of both power/control and practices of love provides insights that go beyond same-sex relationships and beyond intimate partner violence.”

What is the problem?
How did we research? The COHSAR research approach
Setting the Context - Sexuality matters
Identifying and experiencing domestic violence and abuse
What’s Love got to do with it? Barriers to help seeking - Tackling the Gap of Trust
Key Findings and Implications for Practice

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