LGBTQ-IPV and the Case for Challenging Maternalist Family Violence Paradigms

  • Hillary HinerEmail author
Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)


In the case of family violence, maternalist discourse has been used to promote state programs that support long-suffering mothers who wish to separate from abusive spouses. The government has offered remedies such as women’s centers, counseling for women and men, and state-run battered women’s shelters. However, this same maternalist discourse has also produced varied problems over time. As we move into the second decade of the twenty-first century, concerns have also been expressed regarding limitations on the maternalist slant of public policy on family violence, such as its incapacity to address violence against women outside of the frame of “family violence” itself or the almost complete lack of appropriate services for members of the LGBTQ community who experience intimate partner violence (LGBTQ-IPV). In this chapter, I will explore the tensions in public policy on family violence implemented in Chile from 2000 to 2014, through an analysis of press, parliamentary discussion of related legislation, and some state documents. This chapter is somewhat exploratory and is quite innovative, since up until the present, there has not been a considerable amount of academic attention paid to LGBTQ-IPV in Chile.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Diego PortalesSantiagoChile

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