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In the past twenty to thirty years, the United States has made great strides in treating the victims of heterosexual domestic violence. For victims that are in same-sex relationships, the story is much different. Traditional gender roles frame the quality of treatment victims receive, and biases held by many public officials and servants make many avoid help at all. Negative views of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual) stemming from traditional gender roles affect victims of LGBT violence by impacting the scope of assistance they receive. This claim has been founded by examining sources from mental health, public policy, and gender studies for potential results of bias and gendered views. By improving the quality of care and educating those who handle domestic violence on a daily basis, victims will begin to reach out for help more often while encouraging other victims who are trapped in their own relationships.

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Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies

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Bonnie Boaz


Virginia Commonwealth University. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

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VCU Undergraduate Research Posters


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Biases in the Macro-System and How They Affect Treatment of LGBT Domestic Violence Victims