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Intimate partner violence and LGBTIQ people: raising awareness in general practice

Philomena Horsley, Batool Moussa, Jane Fisher, Susan Rees

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning (LGBTIQ) people can often experience intimate partner violence. However, a distrust of health services and fear of not being treated appropriately mean that it is not often disclosed. GPs should be aware that intimate partner violence may be a cause of physical and mental health problems in this group.

Key Points
  • Intimate partner violence occurs at the same rate in relationships involving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning (LGBTIQ) people as among heterosexual couples.
  • Although LGBTIQ partner violence has commonalities with that involving heterosexual couples, it also has unique features.
  • Intimate partner violence among LGBTIQ people occurs within populations that already experience high rates of violence and discrimination and poorer levels of psychological and physical health than the general population, and a distrust of health services.
  • GPs who are informed of LGBTIQ- related issues and resources can improve the care of their patients.

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