Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Surviving Love: Exploring Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence among Women of Color
by Montoya, Letticia, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 90; 10784418
Abstract (Summary)

Within a framework of intersectionality, this thesis explores the multidimensional experiences women of color have in abusive same-sex relationships. It also explores the tremendous influence those experiences have on their lives. Although intimate partner violence (IPV) in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community has become increasingly visible within the past two decades, media and scholarship continue to focus on heterosexual incidents of domestic violence. Relying on the powerful narratives of four women of color who are IPV survivors, I examine social constructs such as familial violence, homophobia, racism, and poverty, that contribute to lesbian intimate partner violence. I also present reasons for and consequences of staying in an abusive relationship. The findings of this study indicate that intimate partner violence is a symptom of oppression for socially marginalized lesbians of color and not a source.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Howell, Jayne
Commitee: Quam-Wickham, Nancy, Quintiliani, Karen
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Womens studies, LGBTQ studies
Keywords: Domestic violence, Gendered violence, Intersectionality, Intimate partner violence, LGBTQ relationships, Structural violence
Publication Number: 10784418
ISBN: 978-0-438-19624-7
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