Physical effects of dating violence
Other barriers for GLBT battered men and women include the fear of losing their jobs, home, and/or custody of their children should their sexual orientation become known in the context of getting help for intimate partner abuse.
That GLBT individuals do not receive the legal and financial protections their heterosexual counterparts do can inhibit their ability to support themselves and live independently after leaving the abuser.
There tends to be a cycle of behavior, known as the cycle of violence, in abusive relationships.
That cycle includes the tension-building, explosive, and tranquility/honeymoon stages.
Sexual abuse refers to any behavior that uses sex to control or demean the victim, like intimidating the victim into engaging in unsafe sex or sexual practices in which he or she does not want to participate.
Economic or financial abuse is described as limiting the victim's financial freedom or security.
Other complications can include physical injury and death. American Journal of Public Health 2004 June: 94(6): 951-957.
These victims are also more likely to become sufferers of intimate partner violence as adults.
Maltreatment that takes place in the context of any romantic relationship is abuse as described by the above specific terms.GLBT people often face unique challenges when trying to cope with domestic-abuse victimization. The assumption by family, friends, coworkers, and professionals that abuse is mutual in homosexual couples or is an expected part of what is perceived as a dysfunctional relationship since it is not heterosexual, poses major obstacles to battered GLBT individuals in getting help. The tension-building stage is described as the phase of the abusive relationship in which the abuser tends to engage in lower-level abuse, like pushing, insulting, and escalating demands for control.
Simultaneously, the victim of abuse tends to try to appease the abuser in an effort to avoid worsening of the abuse. Mandatory reporting of domestic violence injuries to the police: What do emergency department patients think?
Research into deaths that result from intimate partner abuse in the United States and Austria indicate that more than 50% of women murdered are the result of domestic violence and 4%-9% of men are killed as victims of domestic violence.