Theme: Family & Relationships

Intimate Partner Violence: Black Gay and Bisexual Men

by Sean Smith

This lesson will provide participants with knowledge of concepts and sociocultural facets that are related to intimate partner violence (IPV). Participants will engage in a series of discussions and interactive activities that allow them to identify various forms of IPV and how they may impact their lives as racial and sexual minorities within their families.


By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Describe four forms of IPV—physical, sexual, psychological, and financial.
  • Explain how the four forms of IPV are maintained through systems of power and control, and other forms of sociocultural beliefs.
  • Understand the perception of IPV among men, and its intersection with gender
    and race.
  • Develop at least two ways to initiate conversations about IPV as it relates to Black gay and bisexual men.
  • Discuss the impact the lack of culturally specific IPV resources has on Black gay and Bisexual men’s overall well-being.
  • Learn of resources for victims and survivors of IPV.

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Group Size

815 participants
1 facilitator


115 minutes


Flip chart paper or whiteboard
Dry erase markers
Permanent markers (multiple colors)
Writing utensils
Printed handouts