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Homophobia, heteronormativism and hegemonic masculinity : male same-sex intimate violence from the perspective of Brisbane service providers

By Melissa Kay and Samantha Jeffries

Abstract

Few studies have explored the problem of male same-sex intimate partner violence, especially in the context of Australia. Utilizing in-depth interviews with gay-friendly service providers in Brisbane, the research presented in this article sought to ascertain whether (a) intimate partner violence occurs in male same-sex intimate relationships, (b)if so, what form this violence takes,(c) what contextual triggers underpin this violence,(d) what barriers victims face in exiting abusive relationships and seeking support, and (e) what services are available and\ud appropriate to the needs of men in violent intimate\ud relationships with other men. Results suggest that the prevalence, types and contextual triggers of violence in male same-sex relationships parallel abuse in opposite-sex relationships. Heteronormativism, homophobia, and its close association with hegemonic masculinity, however, emerge as features unique to the male same-sex intimate partner violence experience

Topics: 160200 CRIMINOLOGY, 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified, hegemonic masculinity, heteronormativism, same-sex domestic violence
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1080/13218710903566953
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:32381

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