Journal article

Gay men and intimate partner violence: a gender analysis

John L Oliffe, Christina Han, Estephanie Sta Maria, Maria Lohan, Terry Howard, Donna E Stewart, Harriet MacMillan

SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

Though intimate partner violence (IPV) is predominately understood as a women's health issue most often emerging within heterosexual relationships, there is increasing recognition of the existence of male victims of IPV. In this qualitative study we explored connections between masculinities and IPV among gay men. The findings show how recognising IPV was based on an array of participant experiences, including the emotional, physical and sexual abuse inflicted by their partner, which in turn led to three processes. Normalising and concealing violence referred to the participants' complicity in accepting violence as part of their relationship and their reluctance to disclose that they were vi..

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