Gay Domestic Violence - Case Study of Australia – Research Proposal Example

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The paper "Gay Domestic Violence - Case Study of Australia" is a good example of a research proposal on sociology. The bodies of researches that investigated violence relationships have continued to grow substantially over the past two decades. Nevertheless, until relatively recently, most of these researches primarily focused on the violence that are perpetuated within opposite sex (heterosexual) relationships, with most of these researches finding men as large perpetrators of this violence and women largely remaining as victims of such relationships (Towler et al. , 2017; Botzheim, 2017; Schembri, 2002).

Research into domestic violence within the same sex and in particular, among gays, is, therefore, relatively new and, deeper analysis into it has been relatively understudied. As studies such as Miedema et al. (2017) have argued, since gay communities began to appreciate or acknowledge the problem of violence within a heterosexual relationship, there have been continued instances of ignorant and thus, scarce outreach on cases of domestic violence among gay marriages. Recent research-based evidence and statistical analyses have shown that relationship violence is predominantly regarded as women’ s health issue that is only emerging within heterosexual relationships however, there are reported cases of impacts of gay marriage domestic violence (Lewis et al. , 2017).

Recent data from Miedema et al. (2017) indicated that in 2005, about 8 per cent of United States men and about 7 per cent of men in Canada reported being exposed to either sexual or physical abuse by their current or previous intimate marriage partners. Similar rates have been reported in countries such as Australia, United Kingdom and Germany pointing to the need to research on gay domestic violence or at least, shift focus from seeing the issue as predominately women’ s health issue emerging within heterosexual relationships. This research bases its hypotheses and research questions from studies such as the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) to establish the extent to which there have been instances of gay domestic marriages across different countries.

One of the focuses of this study is to examine the causes of the violence, the trends, impacts on the gay relationship and causative agents. Borrowing from NCAVP (2010) as cited in (Gregory, 2017) we examine gay domestic violence in term of words, actions or behaviours that aggravate different levels of violence (sexually, physically or otherwise).

Gregory (2017) found that heteronormativity has played a critical role in linking attitudes, sexual orientation and how it affects equality among gay marriages. Studies that have focused on the definition of heteronormativity within the context of gay marriage domestic violence have agreed that the term means instances where there is a belief in a marriage that there are some partners who fall complementary and distinct behaviours and natural roles in their marriage or relationship roles (Gregory, 2017; Ristock, 2011; O'Halloran, 2015).  

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