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2 Studies That Prove Domestic Violence Is an LGBT Issue

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2 Studies That Prove Domestic Violence Is an LGBT Issue

2 Studies That Prove Domestic Violence Is an LGBT Issue
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The National Violence Against Women survey found that 21.5 percent of men and 35.4 percent of women living with a same-sex partner experienced intimate-partner physical violence in their lifetimes, compared with 7.1% and 20.4% for men and women, respectively, with a history of only opposite-sex cohabitation. Transgender respondents had an incidence of 34.6 percent over a lifetime according to a Massachusetts survey.

The CDC’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, released again in 2013 with new analysis, reports in its first-ever study focusing on victimization by sexual orientation that the lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner was 43.8 percent for lesbians, 61.1 percent for bisexual women, and 35 percent for heterosexual women, while it was 26 percent for gay men, 37.3 percent for bisexual men, and 29 percent for heterosexual men (this study did not include gender identity or expression).

These studies refute the myths that only straight women get battered, that men are never victims, and that women never batter — in other words, that domestic violence is not an LGBT issue. In fact, it is one of our most serious health risks, affecting significant numbers within our communities.

“Abuse is not about violence; it’s about control,” says Beth Leventhal, executive director of The Network/La Red in Boston. “You can be just as controlling of someone if you are small — as if you’re large. It’s about using violence or any other means of gaining and maintaining control.”

Myths about domestic violence, victims’ fear and shame, a silence that stems from a desire not to harm perceptions of the LGBT community — all these together contribute to making the problem invisible to others. Many people who are suffering either don’t realize that they’re in a terrible situation or don’t know where to go or who to tell. They wonder who will listen, who will believe them.

But thanks to the combination of reports like these and, more important, as Leventhal notes, the Obama administration being active on LGBT issues, there has been increased funding at the community level for services to address LGBT concerns. Additionally, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the

Family Violence Prevention and Services program have issued guidelines on how to specifically address LGBT issues and are required to make these services queer- and trans-embracing.

As Leventhal says, “We don’t have to be perfect to have our rights. We don’t have to live up to a societal expectation to be treated like human beings. We don’t deserve to die.”

The Network/La Red is based in Boston but offers help and specializes in LGBT concerns across the country. Its hot line is (617) 742-4911.

http://www.advocate.com/crime/2014/09/04/2-studies-prove-domestic-violence-lgbt-issue

Posted by Anonymous on Apr. 8, 2016 at 11:17 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Apr. 8, 2016 at 11:19 PM
Why would anyone think that all LGBT relationships were violence free?
WemblyFraggle
by Ruby Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 11:22 PM
studies show that domestic violence is a plain old fucked up people issue. Period
Littlebunnyfufu
by Platinum Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 11:25 PM
I didn't realize there would need to be a study on this because I've never heard anyone claim it wasn't an issue in lgbt relationships either

Quoting Anonymous 2: Why would anyone think that all LGBT relationships were violence free?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Apr. 8, 2016 at 11:28 PM
I agree.

And also, there are a lot of women that are heterosexual and are with a man who is mentally, emotionally or financial abusive but social norms contradict what is acceptable and what it not acceptable in a heterosexual relationship. Some women feel pressured to stay with a man for stability or for the kids and do not report abuse. Also, heterosexual men rarely report abuse although men are abused very often.

Quoting WemblyFraggle: studies show that domestic violence is a plain old fucked up people issue. Period
Dardenella
by Ruby Member on Apr. 8, 2016 at 11:36 PM

Domestic violence is a people issue.  It is not  tired to any group, it is tied to humans.

If a person is classed as a hjuman  and is a citizen where they wish t get services,  they should receive the same basic services and when the services are mor personal (one on one counseling) they should have the particular kind of help they need.

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