LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence

  1. Gender and Crime
  2. Victimization

Key Findings

  • LGBTQ IPV victims desiring to keep access to a jointly raised child may feel pressure to remain in the abusive relationship if they live in a nation that prohibits conferring legal guardianship rights through same-gender second-parent or joint adoption.
  • Some nations or regions do not have any service-providing agencies that offer services for LGBTQ survivors.
  • Family members, police officers, shelter workers and mental healthcare providers often take sexual minority IPV less seriously.


In the book, “LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence: Lessons for Policy, Practice, and Research,” author Adam Messinger offers a comprehensive understanding of LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). This is the first book to review nearly all published research on LGBTQ IPV, synthesizing more than 600 research publications from the last 40 years. The book is a resource for those addressing LGBTQ IPV and reveals key patterns in literature and lessons for future practice, policy, and research. The book highlights key findings and theories, weaving together the voices of those touched by LGBTQ IPV with broader patterns through survey research. It also identifies notable gaps in the literature and important avenues for future research.

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