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Journal of Family Violence

Journal of Family Violence

Editor: Rebecca J. Macy

ISSN: 0885-7482 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-2851 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10896

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Breaking the Silence: A Virtual Issue of Research on Interpersonal Violence among Sexual and Gender Minorities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that 44% of lesbians, 61% of bisexual women, and 37% of bisexual men have experienced rape physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner compared to 35% of heterosexual women and 29% of heterosexual men. In addition, 40% of gay men and 47% of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence other than rape compared to 21% of heterosexual men. While 9% of heterosexual women have been raped by an intimate partner, 22% of bisexual women have had this experience. The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey also found that 47% of transgender people are sexually assaulted during their lifetime. This rate is elevated further for American Indian (65%), multiracial (59%), Middle Eastern (58%), and Black (53%) transgender people.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a month which also includes Day of Silence, a student-led national event in which individuals take vows of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of sexual and gender minorities (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) at schools and other educational settings.
Despite elevated rates of interpersonal violence victimization among sexual and gender minorities, there is still unfortunately limited research that explore the nature and dynamics of this violence and the contexts in which it occurs. To help to break such silence as well as help highlight key research on these important topics, the Journal of Family Violence (JOFV) has assembled this virtual issue, which includes research published in the last two decades on interpersonal violence among sexual and gender minorities.
Twelve articles were selected for this virtual issue that help advance understanding the social contexts that lead to elevated rates of interpersonal violence against sexual and gender minorities. JOFV hopes that this virtual issue exploring the interconnectedness of interpersonal violence; stigma; homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia; and marginalization will inspire increased attention toward reducing the alarmingly high rates of interpersonal violence among sexual and gender minorities.

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    The Journal of Family Violence (JOFV) is a peer-reviewed publication committed to the dissemination of rigorous research on preventing, ending, and ameliorating all forms of family violence.

     

    JOFV welcomes scholarly articles related to the broad categories of child abuse and maltreatment, dating violence, domestic and partner violence, and elder abuse. Within these categories, JOFV emphasizes research on physical violence, psychological violence, sexual violence, and homicides that occur in families. Studies on families in all their various forms and diversities are welcome.

     

    JOFV publishes studies using quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods involving the collection of primary data. Rigorous systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and theoretical analyses are also welcome. To help advance scientific understandings of family violence, JOFV is especially interested in research using transdisciplinary perspectives and innovative research methods. Because family violence is a global problem requiring solutions from diverse disciplinary perspectives, JOFV strongly encourages submissions from scholars worldwide from all disciplines and backgrounds.

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