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Parents may help reduce this stress by talking to their kids, said Kimberly Mc Manama, a psychiatry researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School who wasn’t involved in the study.
“Talk to your kids about their sexual and gender identity early and often,” Mc Manama said by email.
Research indicates that domestic violence among same-sex couples occurs at similar rates as domestic violence among straight couples.
“Studies have linked high levels of stress due to social stigma, marginalization, discrimination and experiences of bullying with a wide range of risky health behaviors, including suicidal behaviors,” Dai said.
This is due to the lack of legal recognition of same-sex relationships, law enforcement’s failure to identity and properly handle domestic violence cases involving people of the same sex, and the shortage of resources available to victims of same-sex partner domestic abuse.
Lawmakers and social service providers should reconfigure the traditional model of domestic violence prevention and treatment to include individuals involved in same-sex relationships.
“Let them know that whatever they are feeling is ok with you and that you are ready and willing to talk about it with them when they are.” SOURCE: bit.ly/2CGxs Dv JAMA, online December 19, 2017.
Download this fact sheet Read this fact sheet in your web browser Law enforcement, government agencies, and the general population acknowledge that domestic violence is a serious public health problem.