Domestic violence within the LGBTQ+ community can be difficult to spot, and is often not identified because of our traditional definitions of what domestic violence looks like (masculine aggressor towards feminine victim).
Domestic violence occurs at the same rate in same-sex relationships as it does heterosexual relationships. But because of unique issues within the LGBTQ community, like mistrust with law enforcement, being unwillingly “outed,” and misunderstanding of what domestic violence can look like (verbal abuse, financial control, mental control, etc.), many LGBTQ people and law enforcement may not realize what an abusive relationship looks like.
• Being repeatedly called names by your partner
• Getting punched, slapped, pushed or intimidated by your partner
• Being isolated from friends and family by your partner
• Getting stalked, followed or spied on by your partner
• Threatening messages or phone calls
• Being afraid of what your partner will do if you left them
We have staff dedicated to helping those who are victims, or think they may be victims, of intimate partner violence.
• Direct crisis intervention
• Educate you on IPV, boundaries, warning signs, healthy relationships and safety
• Guide you through the legal system
• Advise you of your rights
• Establish a safety/exit plan
• Identify the threat level