Title

Partner Violence in Rainbow Communities: The Experiences of Bystanders

Prize Winner

FAHSS

Community Connection

Streaming Media

Type of Proposal

Oral presentation

Start Date

29-3-2016 2:30 PM

End Date

29-3-2016 3:50 PM

Faculty

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Betty-Jo Barrett

Abstract

Partner violence is a serious problem in both heterosexual and queer relationships, however the ways in which it manifests can vary. We know that friends and family members are often bystanders to heterosexual partner violence and may be well-positioned to intervene and mitigate the consequences of the violence. To date, there are no empirical studies that examine the role of bystanders when it comes to partner violence within the queer community. In this study self-identified members of the queer community were interviewed about their experiences of being bystanders to partner violence. Research Question: This paper discusses what factors facilitate or impede effective bystander intervention in response to partner violence in queer communities. Method: This project is an analysis of transcripts of qualitative in-depth interviews using focused content analysis procedures to identify (a) factors that facilitate effective bystander intervention and (b) factors that inhibit effective bystander intervention in response to partner violence experienced by members of rainbow communities Implications: We believe that understanding the differential experiences of heterosexual and queer individuals is integral to developing effective intervention strategies that are relevant and specific to the needs and experiences of the queer community

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Partner Violence in Rainbow Communities: The Experiences of Bystanders

Partner violence is a serious problem in both heterosexual and queer relationships, however the ways in which it manifests can vary. We know that friends and family members are often bystanders to heterosexual partner violence and may be well-positioned to intervene and mitigate the consequences of the violence. To date, there are no empirical studies that examine the role of bystanders when it comes to partner violence within the queer community. In this study self-identified members of the queer community were interviewed about their experiences of being bystanders to partner violence. Research Question: This paper discusses what factors facilitate or impede effective bystander intervention in response to partner violence in queer communities. Method: This project is an analysis of transcripts of qualitative in-depth interviews using focused content analysis procedures to identify (a) factors that facilitate effective bystander intervention and (b) factors that inhibit effective bystander intervention in response to partner violence experienced by members of rainbow communities Implications: We believe that understanding the differential experiences of heterosexual and queer individuals is integral to developing effective intervention strategies that are relevant and specific to the needs and experiences of the queer community