25-33% of the LGBTQ community people have experienced partner abuse in their lifetime

Abuse is never mutual – One person using power and control over another person!

How LGBTQ domestic violence is different:

    • LGBTQ communities do not identify partner abuse as a community issue increases isolation for survivors
    • Leaving their partner may mean losing their community
    • Increased self-blame
    • Others may blame survivor’s sexual or gender identity for the abuse
    • Few role models for relationships
    • May not recognize abuse
    • Cannot turn to friends, family, etc for support
    • Greater likelihood of no arrest, wrongful arrest or dual especially in same sex relationships.
    • Fewer resources
    • Lack of screening
    • Not to air dirty laundry

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