Gay men and intimate partner violence: A gender analysis

Oliffe, John L., Han, Christina, Maria, Estephanie S., Lohan,Maria, Howard, Terry, Stewart, Donna E. and MacMillan, Harriet (2014) Gay men and intimate partner violence: A gender analysis. Sociology of Health and Illness, 36 4: 564-579. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12099

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Author Oliffe, John L.
Han, Christina
Maria, Estephanie S.
Lohan,Maria
Howard, Terry
Stewart, Donna E.
MacMillan, Harriet
Title Gay men and intimate partner violence: A gender analysis
Journal name Sociology of Health and Illness   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-9889
1467-9566
Publication date 2014-05
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-9566.12099
Open Access Status
Volume 36
Issue 4
Start page 564
End page 579
Total pages 16
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted 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 victims of IPV. Realising a way out included the participants' understandings that the triggers for, and patterns of, IPV would best be quelled by leaving the relationship. Nurturing recovery detailed the strategies employed by participants to mend and sustain their wellbeing in the aftermath of leaving an abusive relationship. In terms of masculinities and men's health research, the findings reveal the limits of idealising hegemonic masculinities and gender relations as heterosexual, while highlighting a plurality of gay masculinities and the need for IPV support services that bridge the divide between male and female as well as between homosexual and heterosexual.
Keyword Gay men
Gender analysis
Intimate Partner Violence
Masculinities
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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