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Domestic Violence: Population-Specific Approaches

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This statement represents the mission statement of a group of queer-identified men as they work to address male privilege, patriarchy, and gendered oppression.
Authors: Yolo Akili, Franklin Abbott, Will Cordery, LamontSims, Craig Washington, Charles Stephens, Tim’m West, and Michael J. Brewer
This resource sheet contains information on websites, books, and articles for male survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Authors: michael munson
November 2006
Addresses the relative incidence of male versus female IPV, the relative severity of violence committed by men and women, and the meaning of violent acts, including intentions of each gender and the relationship context in which violence occurs.
Authors: Kerrie James
The brochure addresses men who are receiving treatment from substance abuse. It talks about some of the feelings that are common for men who start treatment, but how the same feelings may be stronger for men who were abused in childhood.
Authors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Intended for victimized gay men (and friends, colleagues and family), and helping professionals (therapists, counselors, health care providers and educators), this paper provides suggestions on how to identify and deal with unique aspects of this issue.
Authors: Kevin Kirkland, Ph.D., National Clearinghouse on Family Violence
May 2001
Promotes an understanding of the context in which each act of domestic violence occurs towards ensuring that criminal justice system interventions are effective in holding offenders accountable and protecting victims from harm.
Authors: Loretta Frederick & Julie Tilley
This paper explores claims of gender symmetry in intimate partners' use of violence by reviewing the empirical foundations of the research and critiquing existing sources of data on domestic violence.
Authors: Michael S. Kimmel
January 2001
This guide offers tips for service providers in addressing one of the most serious health issues for gay, bisexual, and transgender (GBT) men. Includes guidelines for education, workplace environment, assessment, response, and safety planning.
Authors: Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project
This discussion paper provides insight into the issue of abuse against men by their intimate partners. It summarizes information from three sources, offers resources and services for male victims, and describes policy implications.
Authors: Leslie Tutty, The National Clearinghouse on Family Violence
This paper reviews some of the many issues involved in domestic violence in gay couples and offers suggestions for intervention/treatment.
Authors: Richard Niolon, Ph.D.