Bystander Intervention and Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence: College Students' Decisions To Intervene



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The bystander intervention approach has gained popularity on American university campuses with its promising effects of engaging college students in identifying and safely intervening in risky situations, such as intimate partner violence (IPV). Despite advances in the bystander intervention literature, there is a dearth of research examining intervention behaviors in same-sex IPV scenarios. Indeed, victimization experiences among sexual minorities have been historically overlooked in criminal justice and victim service organizations. The present study addresses this shortcoming in the bystander literature by using survey questionnaire responses from a convenience sample of 570 undergraduate students enrolled at a mid-sized public university in the southern United States. The current study examined the role of ambivalent sexism, IPV myth adherence, prior IPV victimization, homophobia, personality extroversion, and bystander efficacy on student intentions to directly and indirectly intervene in an IPV scenario, in which the sexual orientations of the victim and perpetrator are manipulated, while controlling for IPV vignette conditions.



Same-sex intimate partner violence, Sexual minorities, Bystander intervention, Perceiver characteristics