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No more secrets : violence in lesbian relationships
Ristock, Janice L. (Janice Lynn)
Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, 2002.
Physical Description:
xiv, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1540 Lexile.

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Violence is a male biological trait. When women fight, no one gets seriously hurt. Lesbians don't abuse their spouses. The truth revealed in Janice Ristock's groundbreaking book is that lesbian relationships sometimes do turn violent. Based on interviews with more than one hundred lesbians who have suffered abuse and seventy-five case workers, No More Secrets is the first in-depth account of this startling phenomenon. Although one in four gay and lesbian couples are affected by domestic violence, the problem has remained hidden for several reasons. By giving voice to the victims, Ristock helps women to address violence by breaking silences, sharing secrets, and naming the forms of abuse.

Author Notes

Janice L. Ristock is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Manitoba

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In No More Secrets: Violence in Lesbian Relationships, University of Manitoba women's studies professor Janice Ristock presents one of the first studies of lesbian domestic violence. Basing her work on interviews with victims and social workers, she evaluates firsthand testimony, piecing together how and why lesbian relationships become violent and how the medical and criminal justice systems react when they do. The book concludes with suggestions for battered individuals and for wider community action. ( Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Preface: Bearing Witnessp. ix
1 The Emergence of Lesbian Partner Abuse: Creating a New Categoryp. 1
2 Troubling Tales: Telling Stories, Exposing Language, Raising Questionsp. 27
A Material Tale: Telling Stories
3 What the Body Remembers: Lesbians' Experiences of Relationship Violencep. 49
4 An Innocence Lost: Responses to Violencep. 79
A Discursive Tale: Exposing Language
5 What's Written on the Bodyp. 111
6 The Politics of Responding to Violence in Lesbian Relationshipsp. 141
A Reflexive Tale: Raising Questions
7 Looking Forwardp. 175
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 229