More than 40% LGBT College Students Report Partner Violence
More than 40 percent of LGBTQ college students report that they have experienced intimate partner violence in their current relationships, a rate that generally aligns with the rate of violence among heterosexual couples, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.
"These findings have important implications for prevention and intervention efforts. Although components of intimate partner violence prevention programming developed for heterosexual students, such as assertiveness skills training, are relevant for LGBTQ+ students, programming for LGBTQ+ college students should integrate techniques to reduce internalized feelings of negativity toward homosexuality," said authors Katie Edwards and Kateryna Sylaska.
Edwards, assistant professor of psychology and women’s studies and faculty fellow at the Carsey Institute, and Sylaska, a doctoral student in social psychology at UNH, authored the Carsey Institute brief "Intimate Partner Violence Among LGBTQ+ College Students."
"Such an approach, which might include developing positive self-regard, increasing social support networks, and exposure to positive LGBTQ+ messages and role models, could help reduce violence perpetration in a relationship," they said.
The key findings show that 4 in 10 LGBTQ+ sampled college students reported intimate partner violence victimization or perpetration within a current relationship. More than one-third of the victims told no one about the abuse, a rate that is higher than what is generally found among heterosexual college students.
The most common reason for not revealing the abuse was the perception that it was "no big deal" or that it was normal, or they justified the abuse because the partner was drunk or annoyed.