Domestic violence within lesbian relationships is the pattern of violent and coercive behavior in a female same-sex relationship wherein a lesbian or other non-heterosexual woman seeks to control the thoughts, beliefs, or conduct of her female intimate partner. The issue of domestic violence among lesbians has become a serious social concern,  but the topic has often been ignored, both in academic analyses and in the establishment of social services for battered women. Studies on abuse between gay male or lesbian partners usually rely on small convenience samples such as lesbian or gay male members of an association. The issue of domestic violence among lesbian couples may be underreported due to the social construction of gender roles that women are expected to play in society; violence perpetrated by women may be ignored due to beliefs that the male social construction itself is a primary source of violence.
Lesbian relationships & abuse
Lesbian relationships & abuse | Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
The new relationship seemed wonderful, caring, very intense and exciting. We even had a ceremony. It can be difficult to recognise the signs of abuse in a relationship, as people who are abusive are not always that way. Things can get worse gradually, and abuse can take many different forms. I stopped talking to everyone I cared about, because she was so jealous.
CHARACTERISTICS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE IN LESBIANS AND HETEROSEXUAL WOMEN
Recent research has found that CSA is reported more frequently by lesbians than by heterosexual women Austin et al. More limited research suggests that lesbians may also experience more severe CSA than heterosexual women. Austin and colleagues and Balsam and colleagues found that lesbians exceeded heterosexuals to a greater extent in reports of more severe forms of CSA e.
There is an assumption among some people that the reason people become homosexual or bisexual is because of trauma resulting from sexual abuse in childhood. I personally have heard many LGBT survivors question whether their sexual orientation is a direct consequence of their earlier sexual abuse Dimock, Within the scientific and social science literature, there is a myriad of research claiming to have identified the direct cause for homosexuality. One of the hypotheses regularly tested is that of whether sexual abuse itself can be the cause of homosexuality in adult life.