Domestic violence is a serious issue in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) relationships.
Domestic violence occurs in same-gender relationships at the same rate as heterosexual relationships (about 1 in 4).
Copyright © 2001 American Friends Service Committee. Breiding, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA: January 2013.
LGBTQ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE & TRAINING PROJECT (slide presentations), Community United Against Violence, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center. PREVENTING AND RESPONDING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, OR QUEER (LGBTQ) COMMUNITIES (special collection), Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, in partnership with National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, July 2013., Ted Heck, Virginia Anti-Violence Project, Afton Bradley, Fan Free Clinic, Stacie Vecchietti, Safe Harbor, Jackie Small, Virginia Anti-Violence Project and Quillin Drew Musgrave, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, Richmond, VA: October 22, 2014.
Unfortunately, most studies of IPV in the LGBTQ community focus exclusively on adults, and most studies of teen dating violence fail to take into account respondents’ sexual orientation or gender identity.When we talk about major concerns facing LGBTQ youth, we typically discuss topics like bias-based bullying and harassment or familial rejection and homelessness; and when we talk about violence facing the larger LGBTQ community, we typically discuss hate crimes.In other words, we talk about the violence facing our community from those outside it, from those who are openly homophobic and transphobic, but what about the violence happening within our community?As difficult as it may be to admit, LGBTQ people – including LGBTQ youth – can be and are perpetrators of violence as well as its victims, and too often, that violence occurs in the context of romantic and/or sexual relationships.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lesbians and gay men experience equal or higher levels of intimate partner violence (IPV) as heterosexuals, with bisexual women suffering much higher rates of IPV in comparison to lesbians, gay men and heterosexual women.