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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

The Closeted Crime of LGBT Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a crime that attacks the very place we feel the most secure-our homes. The focus on domestic violence has been on heterosexual relationships however, this societal problem affects LGBT relationships as well. Even though we find that law enforcement and the legal system are making positive strides towards better training, less reliance on short-term corrective action, and community awareness in the area of heterosexual domestic violence, the converse is true in LGBT domestic violence situations. My presentation will focus on five specific areas of LGBT domestic violence: (1) the definition of domestic violence as it relates to LGBT relationships; (2) recognizing domestic violence in LGBT relationships; (3) the similarities and differences in LGBT and heterosexual domestic violence; (4) the involvement of law enforcement and the legal system in cases of LGBT domestic violence; and (5) ways to help and support survivors of LGBT domestic violence.

Presenter: Kimberly Adams (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Women and Gender Studies
Location: 28 Hartwell
Time: 1:35 pm (Session III)