Adam Messinger

Assistant Professor Of Justice Studies, Northeastern Illinois University

Areas of Expertise

  • LGBTQ intimate partner violence
  • Violence against women
  • Youth bullying
  • Child abuse

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. MORE
  • Some nations or regions do not have any service-providing agencies that offer services for LGBTQ survivors. MORE


Adam Messinger, Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Northeastern Illinois University, is an expert in intimate partner violence (IPV) in the relationships of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people as well as the stigma, victimization and prevention programming.

Messinger is working on several projects, including a collaboration on the first-ever evaluation study of an LGBTQ IPV prevention education program. He is leading a multi-city study of LGBTQ IPV victim help-seeking and is the co-Investigator on a longitudinal study of the causal pathways and outcomes of female sexual minority youth IPV. He has received several honors and awards from Northeastern Illinois University for his work in this field.

He has also been published in numerous academic journals and authored the first book to comprehensively review the entirety of the LGBTQ IPV research literature and provide concrete suggestions for policy, practice, and research.

Messinger received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Riverside and B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.