CRVAW Faculty Journal Articles


Building a Second Closet: Third Party Responses to Victims of Lesbian Partner Abuse


This article examines the problem of violence in intimate lesbian relationships and the role of third party responses to victims in perpetuating or preventing future attacks. Based on questionnaire and interview data from a nationwide self-selected sample of 100 battered lesbians, the article first examines the incidence and forms of abuse in violent lesbian relationships. It then analyzes victims' help-seeking efforts, the responses of help providers to these requests, and the impact of these responses on both victims and violent episodes. The article concludes with recommendations for improving the ways third party help providers respond to lesbian victims.

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