Going back to the article, another main argument addressed was on maltreatment. Maltreatment embraces all forms of abuse, including domestic violence and elder abuse. Even minor forms of maltreatment are risk factors for negative outcomes in individuals and society. Maltrea...
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... apply to homosexual couples.
When shelters and counseling fail, many battered lesbians seek relatives and friends for support. However, unfortunately homophobia is the barrier to many relatives becoming viable sources of help. In the study, participants expressed their concern from previous encounters of confiding in their friends and others. Many wanted their friends to lend emotional support, listen to them, and offering physical assistance in moving on from the abusive relationship. It is crucial for all to recognize that battering is an ongoing issue among lesbian couples.
From this set of readings, questions I had are: Why are foreign and LGBT victims who experience domestic violence are not considered as important as heterosexual couples in America? Why do one’s race, gender and sexual orientation determine how much support sources he or she is granted?
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