Lesbian Mothering in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence
Twenty-four lesbian mothers (12 African American, 9 White, and 3 Latina) who had experienced physical abuse by a same-sex partner were interviewed. Three types of IPV were found: intimate terrorism, situational violence, and mutual violent control. Further, relationships between mothers/abusers, mothers/children, and abusers/children were examined. Regarding relationships with abusers, 71% of mothers reported lengthy sagas, 17% had worked it out, and 13% made a clean break from the abuser. Regarding relationships with their children, 48% of mothers hid the violence, 26% minimized it, and 26% openly communicated about the situation. Relationships between abusers and the mothers' children were found to be either co-parental (29%), playmate (21%), abusive (21%), or non-parental (21%). Correlations among relational and demographic variables were also examined.
MSU Digital Commons Citation
Hardesty, Jennifer L.; Oswald, Ramona Faith; Khaw, Lyndal; Fonseca, Carol; and Chung, Grace, "Lesbian Mothering in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence" (2008). Department of Family Science and Human Development Scholarship and Creative Works. 104.