The arrest of WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson sparked a much needed discussion around shortcomings within the fields of domestic violence theory and practice. In her article, The dangerous myths about domestic violence that are putting LGBTQ people at risk, Eesha Pandit notes how the narrow empahsis on "battered women" has marginalized victims, perpetrators, and relationships that fall outside of the heteronormative mold. Pandit urges readers to seriously examine myths such as those she outlines below in order to more effectively help those struggling with domestic violence.
Myths rooted in gendered assumptions about controlling and violent behavior--while having particularly devestating outcomes for LGBTQ folks--harm all victims of domestic violence by rendering certian victims and certain forms of violence invisible.
Pandit's full article can be accessed here.