Seeking help against intimate partner violence in lesbian and queer relationships
This chapter explores the concept of bioprecarity in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV) in LBTQ relationships by focusing on help-seeking as crossing encounters. Judith Butler (2004) discusses the body as a site of human vulnerability emphasizing that ‘this vulnerability is always articulated differently, that it cannot be properly thought of outside a differentiated field of power and, specifically, the differential operation of norms of recognition.’ (44). Eve Sedgwick (1990) describes the invisibility sustaining the figure of the closet as the defining structure of gay oppression (71). Following this line of thought Beverly Skeggs and Leslie Moran (2014) address the need to produce ‘new visibilities’ claims for protection against violence (5). Drawing on these theorizations and on original empirical data, in this chapter I analyse the concept of help-seeking as crossing encounters of intimacy, not only in the sense of the private-public realms, but also regarding community and cultural boundaries, as the embodied LBTQ-victim-survivor transgresses the cultural perceptions of victimhood when meeting help-providers in an institutional context.
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