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Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Experiences of Victimization: Mental Health, Revictimization, and Sexual Identity Development: Jessica F. Morris and Kimberly F. Balsam
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Over the past two decades, there has been increased research focusing on violence against women. As a result, a robust body of literature exists demonstrating that women are frequently the victims of physical and sexual violence in their homes and communities; these victimization experiences have dire consequences for women’s mental health over the lifespan. However, one important limitation of the violence against women literature is that it has largely focused on heterosexual women. Large-scale, national studies of childhood abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence generally have not assessed sexual orientation, while smaller, convenience samples of lesbians often have not assessed for violence (Balsam, 2003).