First Advisor

Sanchez, David M.


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Education and Counseling

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access



Number of Pages

53 pages


Domestic violence partner abuse both physical and emotional occurs in male same sex relationships at the same rate as in heterosexual relationships. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence programs conducted a 10-year study in 10 United States cities, which documented violence at a rate between 25-33% in same sex relationships. A 1991 study found that 46% of the women responding had experienced two or more incidents of physical violence in their relationships (Coleman, 1991). The Survivor Project in Portland, Oregon, is currently conducting a study of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people regarding domestic violence. Domestic violence can begin as emotional and verbal attacks and often are not recognized as abuse, before escalating to physical violence that can be life threatening. Those who stay in abusive relationships do not enjoy violence. Some are just too frightened and do not know of any resources that can help them get free from the abuse that they are receiving from their partner. Some stay and hope and pray that their partner will change and the abuse will stop. Domestic violence is thought to only occur most commonly in heterosexual relationships. In most gay male relationships the abused males may not even realize that they are experiencing abuse. It is also believed that domestic violence in same sex relationships can be mutual. There is nothing mutual about abusive behavior toward anyone, when an abusive partner chooses to use control, intimidation and or force against his partner.

Date of Award

Fall 2006

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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