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Homophobic Violence

Homophobic Violence

Edited by Gail Mason and Stephen Tomsen


This book originates from the Australian Institute of Criminology. The common thread running through it is not just the problem of violence, but the concept of homophobia - the disapproval of homosexual desire and an animosity to homosexual identities, politics and lifestyles.

There are chapters on the differential impact of harassment and violence on young people, on gay men and on lesbians; on police responses to this violence in South Australia and New South Wales; on the constructed deviant status of homosexual homicide victims; on criminology's description of lesbians and gay men as deviants marked out from heterosexuals; on HIV-related violence and its impact on victims; and a detailed analysis of the relevant law throughout Australia.

"Gay, lesbian and transgender communities in Australia continue to be disproportionately and unacceptably the victims of high, perhaps even increasing levels of violence. Moreover that violence is perpetrated against them for no other reason than that of their sexuality. ... We know that gay men are four times more likely to be the victims of assault, and lesbians six times more likely, than other men and women. ... There must be wider acceptance that the level of continuing violence against this group of our fellow Australians constitutes a national disgrace which cannot be tolerated. Homophobic Violence will serve to focus attention upon an issue too long ignored and too often concealed."
Chris Puplick, former President, Anti-Discrimination Board of New South Wales


Chris Puplick

Stephen Tomsen and Gail Mason

Don't Frighten the Horses!
A systematic perspective on violence against lesbians and gay men
Carole Ruthchild

Heterosexed Violence: Typicality and ambiguity
Gail Mason

Was Lombroso a Queer?
Criminology, criminal justice and the heterosexual imaginary
Stephen Tomsen

The Gay (?) Victim on Trial:
Discourses of sexual division in the courtroom
Allen George

The Messages of Subordination contained in Anti-discrimination Statutes
Anna Chapman

Violence and HIV/AIDS:
Exploring the link between homophobic violence and HIV/AIDS as a 'gay disease'
Rick Sarre and Stephen Tomsen

Violence against Homeless Young Lesbians
Jude Irwin, Mel Gregoric and Barbel Winter

Anti-lesbian/gay Violence in Schools
Jacqui Griffin

Putting Police on Notice: A South Australian case study
Barbara Baird

Hate Crimes against Gays and Lesbians: The New South Wales Police response
Sue Thomson


Published March 1997
Publisher Hawkins Press
ISBN 9781876067045
Australian RRP $27.50
International Price $25.00
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Criminology & Policing - Crime and Crime Prevention
Human Rights & Civil Liberties
Gender & Sexuality
Secondary School Resources

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