Legal and psychological perspectives on same-sex domestic violence: A multisystemic approach

Michael J. Potoczniak, Jon Etienne Mourot, Margaret Crosbie-Burnett, Daniel J. Potoczniak

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Abstract

This article presents the legal and psychological aspects of same-sex domestic violence (SSDV) in a multisystemic model that encompasses family systems, friends and the gaylesbian-bisexual communities, legal systems, and mental and physical health systems, encouraging family psychologists to be the leaders of reform. The current status of relevant laws is integrated into the literature on SSDV, which includes prevalence, myths regarding SSDV, help-seeking behavior of victims, and similarities and differences between SSDV and opposite-sex domestic violence. Recommendations for change in all of the overlapping systems and in the public policies of the larger society are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-259
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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