Have you ever been emotionally, sexually, verbally or financially abused by your partner? Or have you noticed that they try and control you, for instance by not allowing you to see your friends or family?
If these experiences are familiar to you and you are bisexual, you may be in a position to help inform professionals on how to begin helping people like yourself at times of great need and possible isolation.
My name is Sarah, and I’m a trainee counselling psychologist. I’ve been researching intimate partner abuse in LGBT populations for a couple of years now but I am yet to hear anything about this experience from the bisexual perspective. This is ground breaking research as nothing like this has been conducted yet.
It’s high time that this silence was broken. If you’d be interested in taking part in this study and are able to share your experiences, please do contact me for further information.
Trainee Counselling Psychologist
Department of Psychology
University of Surrey
Tel: 07912 683 716
It is hoped that the research will be published and presented at conferences within the year so information about the findings will be made available to organisations that have a professional interest.
Potentially important study!
For some background, a recent survey in the US found, among other trends, significantly higher rates of any perpetrators targeting bisexual women with rape and sexual violence and higher rates of intimate partners targeting bisexual women with rape, physical violence and/or stalking than against both lesbian and heterosexual women.
This builds on the findings of the so-called “Bisexual Invisibility Report” that “bisexual women in relationships with monosexual partners have an increased rate of domestic violence compared to women in other demographic categories”.
It’s time radical (and other) feminists started taking abuse and sexual violence against bisexual women seriously. It’s for bi feminists, not me, to analyse exactly why these things are happening, and what are the effective ways we can respond.
But it is happening. Within living memory, lesbian women were thrown under the bus within feminism, not thought to have to deal with issues like intimate partner abuse and violence. Fortunately that’s changed. Let’s not repeat that old mistake with bi women.
what the fuck??? I don’t disagree by any means but like, what the fuck? Is it because our male partners are queerphobic or??