Comparing abuse profiles, contexts, and outcomes of help-seeking victims of domestic violence: Part III – LGBT clients

Hine, Ben ORCID: (2022) Comparing abuse profiles, contexts, and outcomes of help-seeking victims of domestic violence: Part III – LGBT clients. Partner Abuse: New Directions in Research, Intervention, and Policy (Partner Abuse). ISSN 1946-6560 (In Press)

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The present study represents the third part of an exploration into the demographic characteristics, context and outcomes of abuse, and outcomes of service engagement for users of specialist Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) services in the United Kingdom (UK; see Hine, Bates, Mackay et al., 2022 and Hine, Bates, Graham-Kevan, et al., 2022 for parts I and II respectively). It delivers on a commitment made in those parts to provide an examination of LGBT clients (including in comparison to the cisgender, heterosexual or ‘cishet’ clients examined in parts I & II, hereby known as ‘non-LGBT’). The current study utilised a large-scale quantitative data set of 35,882 clients presenting to specialist DVA services within the UK between 2007 and 2017, including 34,815 non-LGBT and 1,067 LGBT clients. Several areas of similarity between the two subsamples were identified, including some of the types of abuse reported, referral routes, and outcome upon exit from services. Significant differences were also found. For example, the LGBT subsample was found to be significantly more likely to present to services with substance use and mental health issues (including self-harm) and were also more likely to have their case progressed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The findings are discussed along with recommendations for future research and practice, centred around the provision of gender and sexuality-inclusive provision which acknowledges differential risks of LGBT clients, and how these reflect their experiences as a ‘minority’ population (i.e., so-called ‘minority stress’).

Item Type: Article
Keywords: domestic violence; LGBT; help-seeking; service engagement; service provision; gender and sexuality inclusivity
Subjects: Law and criminal justice
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Depositing User: Ben Hine
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2022 08:59
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:12


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