1.2 Impact of Silence on violent lesbian partnerships
The general definition of domestic violence as violence of men against women and the silence of lesbian communities contribute to tabooing domestic violence in lesbian partnerships. This taboo has a strong impact on lesbian partnerships and violent dynamics. Victims do not look for support at specific counselling services, only rarely report to the police and foremost, still try to protect their lesbian partners and perpetrators. They do not want to contribute to ostracising or exposing them to a homophobic system. Consequently, abusive partnerships are regarded as “private matters” where no interference or discussion is needed. This collective coping strategy is fatal for the victim and strengthens the perpetrator.