"I love who I love; it's the person that matters." But as for many bisexual women, it seems that neither the public – nor her husband – truly believed her.
Bisexual women encounter unique stigma in their romantic relationships, facing significantly higher risks of physical and sexual violence than straight women or lesbians.
In particular, they are seeking gay women, transgender women and women living in rural settings who are worried about maintaining confidentiality.
A groundbreaking new website will offer women facing domestic violence help and resources to come to safety, according to Canadian researchers now enlisting women for a study of the project.
The goal is to give abused women confidential, personalized action plans so they can escape their partners, or help minimize their risk as they move through their decision process.
Violence also tends to escalate after a separation: About 25 per cent of all women who are murdered by their spouse had left the relationship. We're pushing them to have a really good understanding of their risks and to have a very good safety plan," said Varcoe.
According to the YWCA, on average a woman will leave an abusive relationship seven times before she leaves for good.
Women are asked about their immediate priorities and intentions for their relationships and then given resources, which the researchers have sourced through domestic-violence experts, police and child-protection staff.