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Violent Betrayal: Partner Abuse in Lesbian Relationships

Violent Betrayal: Partner Abuse in Lesbian Relationships



Based on a nationwide study of violence in lesbian relationships, this comprehensive, accessible volume derives from a common theme expressed by the subjects: the sense of having been betrayed, first by their lovers, and subsequently by a lesbian community which tends to deny the problem when victims seek help. Claire M. Renzetti skillfully addresses several central issues: consequences for victims, batterers and the community as a whole, and what we can learn about domestic violence in general by studying violence in lesbian relationships. The research offers a fresh look at domestic violence by examining the phenomenon of women as perpetrators of intimate violence against women, at the same time making a clear distinction between battering and self-defense. Students and professionals in victimology, gender studies, sociology, psychology, criminology, social work, clinical psychology, counseling, and family studies will not want to miss this brilliant work.

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Sage Publications


Thousand Oaks, CA




Gender and Sexuality | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry and Psychology


Dr. Claire Renzetti had not been a faculty member of the University of Kentucky at the time of publication.

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