Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Communities
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs recently released its report “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer intimate partner violence in the United States in 2010.” The program received more than 5,000 reports on intimate partner violence in 2010, an increase of 38.9 percent since 2009.
NCAVP received a grant from Verizon Wireless of $25,000 to increase support of LGBTQ victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
In 2010, there were six documented deaths that were related to six documented murders in 2009. Four out of the six murder victims were identified as female. Since there has been an increase in reported intimate partner violence and deaths, NCAVP wants to increase prevention programs and campaigns.
“Lack of access to shelters and other supportive services increases a survivor’s risk of immediate danger and puts their lives at risk at a critical moment,” Chai Jindasurat, National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs Coordinator at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, said in a press release. “Policymakers need to increase support and safety for LGBTQH survivors by preventing all service providers from discriminating against survivors based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”
In a report, it was found that 54 percent of survivors experience physical abuse caused by their intimate partner. This is a substantial increase from 2009 when 36.5 percent of survivors experienced abuse.
Due to the lack of prevention programs and resources, more than 50 percent of intimate partner violence survivors were denied proper protection when sought out. Because assistance is denied, NCAVP is finding that fewer people are contacting law enforcement when dealing with intimate partner violence.
NCAVP and Verizon Wireless plan on teaming up to raise awareness about the vital necessity for domestic and sexual abuse organizations to help address the needs of the LGBTQH community.
“The results of this report tell us that there is work that needs to be done in order to serve the needs of the LGBTQH communities,” Elva Lima, executive director, community relations at Verizon Wireless, said in a press release. “We are proud to partner with NCAVP and support a program that will train organizations across the country to help them make a difference for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence.”
Gillan Ludlow is a Fredericksburg native and attending Virginia Commonwealth University as a print journalism undergraduate.
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