Survivors of Domestic Violence Abuse
LGBT Domestic Violence
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.
Leaving an abusive relationship without a safety plan, support, and information about your options is potentially dangerous and can put your life and well-being at risk.
- Keep a bag packed that is ready to go and easy to grab at a moment’s notice in case you need to leave quickly.
- If an argument seems unavoidable, try to move to a room with easy access to an exit. Do not relocate to a bathroom, kitchen or any location where there are potential weapons.
- Keep emergency cash hidden where you can get to it quickly. Keep important papers with you or in your packed bag so you will have them when you leave.
- Devise a code word to use with your family, children, friends or neighbors to alert them if you need the police.
- If the situation is dangerous, use your best judgment to keep yourself safe. Call the police as soon as it is safe to do so.
- You have the right to obtain a restraining order. Keep the restraining order with you at all times. Leave extra copies at work, with a friend, in your car, etc.
If this is an emergency, call 911!