Violence Against LGBTIQ+ People at Universities: The Need to Uncover a Silent Reality

Oriol Rios, Marta Font-Palomar, Ainhoa Flecha*, Rosa Valls

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Abstract

Violence against LGBT community can manifest in different forms and exists in all spheres of society, including education. The main purpose of this article is to deepen the understanding of the state of the art about violence grounded in sexual orientation or gender identity in higher education in order to identify gaps for further research. The topic of this state-of-the-art literature review is the presence and magnitude of these forms of violence in the Spanish higher education system. For this reason, the inclusion criteria were empirical studies about the prevalence of violence against LGBTIQ+ individuals in the Spanish educational system. After analyzing the 25 articles that met the inclusion criteria, the main findings point that despite the existence of numerous international studies of the presence of violence against LGBTIQ+ people at colleges, little is known about this reality in Spain. The Spanish university system continues to remain hermetic, and violence against LGBTIQ+ people is silenced and hidden. Practice, policy and research implications of the findings are discussed in this article, highlighting the need of further research in this field. In this context, the research project Uni4Freedom, addresses this social and educational problem to contribute to the creation of safer universities for the LGBTIQ+ community and people who support them.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15248380221111471
Number of pages11
JournalTrauma, Violence, and Abuse
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • homophobia
  • LGBTIQ+ violence
  • transphobia
  • university
  • HOMOPHOBIA
  • COMMUNICATIVE METHODOLOGY
  • HETEROSEXISM
  • LGBTIQ plus violence
  • CAMPUS
  • BYSTANDER EDUCATION
  • DISCRIMINATION
  • CONSEQUENCES
  • GENDER VIOLENCE
  • GAY
  • SEXUAL MINORITY-STUDENTS

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