Violence in same-sex relationships

Violence also occurs in same-sex relationships and follows the same patterns as in heterosexual relationships.

Being subjected to violence and oppression by a same-sex partner is sometimes considered shameful. In the case that family and friends do not approve of the relationship, it can be difficult for the person subjected to violence to get support.

The lack of knowledge and stereotypical ideas of the dynamics of same-sex relationships might aggrevate the vulnerable situation of LGBTQ people. Healthcare professionals might, for example, err in their medical assessment and fail to notice that a woman shows signs of having been subjected to violence if she seeks care in company of another woman or if she states that she is in a same-sex relationship. It can also be that LGBTQ people do not feel welcome or are poorly met by authorities and support services.