Domestic Violence and the LGBTQ Community
Research shows that LGBTQ members fall victim to domestic violence at equal or even higher rates compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Its like not even reported due to socula stigma which is now changing
Some Statistics about Domestic Violence in LGBTQ Community
- lesbian women & bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime, as opposed to 35% of heterosexual women.
- Even bisexual men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, in comparison to 29% of heterosexual men.
- In a study of male same sex relationship, 26% of men called the police for assistance after experiencing near-lethal violence.
- Transgender victims are more likely to experience partner violence in public, compared to those who do not identify as transgender.
- Bisexuals are more likely to experience sexual violence, compared to people who do not identify as bisexual.
- LGBTQ white victims are more likely to experience sexual violence, compared to those who do not identify as white.
- LGBTQ victims on public assistance are more likely to experience intimate partner violence compared to those who are not on public assistance.
Statastics of Domestic Violence Affecting the LGBTQ Community
• 20% of victims have experienced some form of physical torture
• 16% have been victims of threat
• 15% have been abused verably
• 4% of survivors have experienced Sexual Threats
• 11% of intimate violence cases have weapons involved
World Wide Domestic violence can affect individuals of all sexual orientations and genders. WIthin the LGBTQ community, intimate partner violence occurs at a rate equal to or even higher than that of the heterosexual community. LGBTQs may experience violence and thay are not reported dud eto socila factors at times.
Many cases are not reported as they feel that the concerned departments will not help them, though they should be helped at the the time of need. Thet are also flesh and blood like us and no different. We have to start caring and accepting them rather than shunning them. They matter and we hav eto care for them and see to it thay are taken care of
Some Barriers to Seeking Services/Receiving Assistance
- Common belief that domestic violence does not occur in LGBTQ relationships.
- Friends and co workers staff fail to acknowledge the pain.
- No proper trainig for the concerned people.
- Domestic violence shelters are mostly for females only, and LGBTQs may not be allowed to enter due to their Orientation.
- Stigma gained from Letting the world know or Coming out in open which may lead to mental disturbances.
Very low faith level in the effectiveness of the legal system for LGBTQ Communities.