Speaking silence: Definitional dialogues in abusive lesbian relationships

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Long-term, in-depth interviews with 11 abused lesbians and 10 domestic violence advocates reveal how lesbian victims struggle to define the relationship's abuse, their lesbian identity,and their own understanding of gendered violence in the context of cultural and institutional stigmatization of lesbians. By understanding abused lesbians' silence as constitutive of their definitional dialogues about their relationships and the abuse, researchers and advocates can begin to determine who asserts definitional hegemony in the relationship. The author concludes by suggesting practical strategies that researchers and advocates can deploy to include abused lesbians in domestic violence theory, praxis, and services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1233-1259
Number of pages27
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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