Domestic violence can affect people of all races, income levels, religions, genders, sexual orientations, and ages. The effects of domestic violence can last long after the abuse has stopped.
Individuals who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual communities may experience Intimate Partner Violence if their partner:
- Justifies abuse by telling them that they’re not really gay, bisexual, or transgender.
- Tells them that leaving the relationship means admitting that gay, bisexual, or transgender relationships are deviant.
- Tells them that authorities won’t help a gay, bisexual, or transgender person.
- Threatens to tell friends, family, colleagues, or community members their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Claims that domestic violence can’t happen in a LGBTQIA relationship.
Source: Mayo Clinic
The BDVP understands the complexity of Intimate Partner Violence, especially when it is layered with social and individual homophobia and transphobia. We want you to know that we are here for you when you’re ready.
To talk to a counselor immediately, call the 24/7 Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-866-723-3014
To make a FREE counseling appointment at the BDVP call 215-426-8610.