Domestic Violence is defined as a pattern of coercive control and aggressive, abusive, and/or violent behavior, in any intimate relationship, that is used by one partner to systematically gain and/or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.
According to research, LGBTQ members experience domestic violence at equal or greater rates than their heterosexual peers.
Based on the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence survey:
- More than 10 million adults experience domestic violence every year in the United States.
- 44% of lesbian women, 61% of bisexual women, and 35% of heterosexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- 26% of gay men, 37% of bisexual men and 29% of heterosexual men have also experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- The LGBTQ community is deserving of resources and support surrounding the issues of domestic violence.