LGBTQ+ - Domestic Violence / Intimate Partner Violence / Sexual Assault
You often hear of domestic violence as it occurs in a heterosexual relationship, but statistics show that abuse occurs in the same frequency and severity among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) communities.According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, two out of every five gay and bisexual men experience abusive partner relationships, comparable to number of heterosexual women who endure domestic violence. The Coalition also found that 50 percent of lesbian women have experienced or will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
In a survey of one year’s time, 44 percent of victims of LBGTQ domestic violence identified as men while 36 percent identified as women.
Unfortunately, violence in LGBTQ relationships is immensely underreported, unacknowledged or reported as something other than domestic violence due to fear of homophobia, transphobia or sexism. LGBTQ domestic violence survivors often encounter barriers to finding help. They may not be in an ‘out’ relationship. Their partner may even be threatening to out them. In rural and smaller communities, there may not be LGBTQ-specific programs to help them. Many LGBTQ individuals may also feel shame because their sexuality is not accepted or supported by the community.
(Article from DomesticShelters.org)
Proudly serving ALL victims / survivors.
Violence and abuse can sadly find their way into -all- types of relationships. That's why the Avalon Center wants to stand with all of our LGBTQ+ community members.
If you are a victim / survivor, you do not need to suffer in silence. Our Advocates are trained in Trauma Informed Care, and will provide you with a safe, accepting, welcoming, and compassionate environment so you can receive the services you deserve.
24 hr Crisis Line - (800) 641 - 3434
LGBTQ+ IPV Myths
Some common myths explained through the following comics can provide a clearer explanation of specific issues within the LGBTQ+ community that struggle with IPV.
LGBTQ+ Power & Control Wheels
While many tactics of abuse in LGBTQ+ relationships are similar to heterosexual relationships, it is important to recognize there are some differences and additional forms of power and control:
Notice how many of these tactics are dehumanizing.
They strip the victim / survivor of their identity and humanity, they are reduced to objects.
Abuse is not your fault.
You didn't do anything wrong or do anything to provoke the abuse.
Often, we see a person's identity being blamed for their abuse, especially when they seek services or help.
Someone's gender identity or sexual orientation is never a reason why someone deserves to be abused.
No one deserves to be abused..ever..period.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects (NCAVP) estimates that nearly one in ten LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) has experienced sexual assault from those partners. Studies suggest that around half of transgender people and bisexual women will experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes.
If you or someone you know is a victim / survivor of Sexual Assault we are here for you. You / they do not have to go through this alone. The assault was not your / their fault and no one deserves to be violated.
To speak with an advocate, call our 24/7 Crisis Line
@ (800) 641 - 3434.
Many victims of sexual assault within a relationship / marriage do not identify it as sexual assault. The reason being is because they feel it is just a part of the relationship / marriage and it is their duty to be intimate with their partner. This is incorrect.
Just because a person is in a relationship / marriage, it does not give ownership of your body to the other person. You still have the right to say. "No."
Below is a list of organizations aside from the Avalon Center who work with providing services for the LGBTQ+ Community.
Clicking on the name will direct you to their website.