LGBTQ has rights! Because the majority of the domestic violence awareness movement has focused on heterosexual relationships, members of the LGBTQ community have been largely left out of the movement. However, recent research shows that LGBTQ members fall victim to domestic violence at equal or even higher rates compared to their heterosexual counterparts.
9 Quick Statistics about Domestic Violence and the LGBTQ Community
• 43.8% of lesbian women and 61.1% of 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.
• 26% of gay men and 37.3% of 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 relationships, only 26% of men called the police for assistance after experiencing near-lethal violence.
• In 2012, fewer than 5% of LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence sought orders of protection.
• Transgender victims are more likely to experience intimate partner violence in public, compared to those who do not identify as transgender.
• Bisexual victims are more likely to experience sexual violence, compared to people who do not identify as bisexual.
• LGBTQ Black/African American victims are more likely to experience physical intimate partner violence, compared to those who do not identify as Black/African American.
• 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.
Types of Domestic Violence Affecting the LGBTQ Community
• 20% of victims have experienced some form of physical violence
• 16% have been victims to threats and intimidation
• 15% have been verbally harassed
• 4% of survivors have experienced sexual violence
• 11% of intimate violence cases reported in the NCADVP’s 2015 report involved a weapon.
Learn more... Check out session 2 page 31"LGBTQ+ Victims and Domestic Violence" in the Let's Talk About Boyz Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Series for Girls at www.etiforyou.com