Stephenson et al find “alarmingly high rates” of intimate partner violence among male couples
A new study of male couples by Rob Stephenson and colleagues found that 46% of participants experienced some form of intimate partner violence. The study measured physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse, monitoring/controlling behaviors, and HIV-related abuse. The researchers found gay men experienced physical and sexual violence from their intimate partners at roughly the same rate as women, at 25-30%. In addition, they found that abuse was linked to “stress from internalized homophobia” and “the degree of outedness” among male couples.