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This research paper seeks to fill this gap in the literature by exploring IPV in same-sex relationships and challenging the myth that female-on-female IPV does not occur because women are not “supposed” to act as sexual perpetrators or batterers. Using qualitative interviews and a social-ecology model, this paper examines the interplay between abused individuals, lesbian relationships, gay communities, and the aforementioned societal expectations of lesbian relationships. How these four levels overlap with one another to silence lesbian IPV victims and perpetuate abuse is then explored. Utilizing the social-ecological perspective allows for a more nuanced view of IPV that explains the phenomenon as more than male attempts to maintain dominance over their female partners.


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  • Alternative title
    • Maybe it’s Just Different with Girls

  • Journal title
    • International Social Science Review

  • Volume
    • 94

  • Issue
    • 2

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

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  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      Sophie Register recently graduated from Colorado College with a degree in sociology. This paper was presented at the 2017 Pi Gamma Mu Triennial Convention.