A Systematic Review of Research on Intimate Partner Violence Among Bisexual Women

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Abstract

Bisexual women are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence (IPV) than lesbian or heterosexual women; however, they are under-represented in IPV literature. This study used a systematic review approach, combining a content analyis and a literature review to examine the state of knowledge on bisexual women’s experiences of IPV. A literature search uncovered 36 articles published between 2000 and 2016 that explicitly included bisexual women. The authors conducted a content analysis to assess study characteristics. Findings from the analysis indicated most research was conducted using quantitative methodology. Studies tended to use White, adult samples with little bisexual representation. Themes uncovered in the content analyses guided the literature review. Emergent reviewed themes included prevalence rates of IPV and tactics, risk factors for perpetration and victimization, and help seeking and leaving processes. Findings were used to outline an agenda for future research, including the recognition of multiple marginalization among bisexual women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-424
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Bisexuality
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • bisexuality
  • content analysis
  • domestic violence
  • literature review
  • queer relationships
  • victimization

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