Intimate partner abuse is a pattern of behavior in which the thoughts, beliefs and conduct of an intimate partner are controlled through physical, emotional, sexual and/or economic violence.
It occurs in every community, including the LGBTQ community.
The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey published by Center for Disease Control and Prevention finds LGBTQ identified people experience intimate partner violence at rates similar to or higher than heterosexual people.
Tactics of power and control used by abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships often make it more difficult for survivors to flee:
These threats and manipulations are compounded by a lack of community resources that understand and affirm LGBTQ identities and fear of further oppression due to intersecting identities, such as race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
In this month’s issue of LinQ Magazine, Carol Taylor-Shim writes about the issue: “Our silence as a community around dating and domestic violence helps nurture the conditions needed for IPV [intimate partner violence] to thrive. The shame, guilt, and fear that consume survivors are burdens too heavy for anyone to bear.” Follow this link to read the complete article on page 10.
If you are being harmed by an intimate partner, our crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Call us to safety plan, seek shelter, find a support group, and explore resources: 800-544-2022.
This post is part of our 17 Days/17 Ways campaign to take a stand against intimate partner abuse.