Does dating violence happen in homosexual relationships?
It doesn't matter what your sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, family income, or age is: abuse can happen to anyone. While studies have not focused as much on abuse in homosexual relationships, studies of adults do show that the abuse happens about as frequently in homosexual relationships as in heterosexual relationships. We should all be aware of other issues of violence against gay and lesbian teens. Bullying and physical and emotional attacks are common against teens who are open about their homosexuality or perceived to be homosexual. Homosexual teens may also be raped or sodomized by people who have strong negative feelings about homosexuality.
For more information see Dating Violence and Your Teen.
Diane G. Kuschel, Former Extension Associate, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Thursday, February 21, 2013