Supporting LGBTQIA+ Survivors | Pride Month June 2024

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The Domestic Violence Resource Center recognizes Pride Month as a reminder of the resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community. We invite you to stand with us in support of healthy relationships for all and to continue nurturing safe spaces that promote compassion, empathy, and awareness of domestic violence.

Intimate Partner Violence

According to a study conducted by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), nearly 44% of lesbian women and 61% of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner. Similarly, gay men experience intimate partner violence at rates equal to or higher than heterosexual men. 34% of transgender individuals experience abuse from a partner.

The roots of these statistics are multifaceted, stemming from societal stigma, discrimination, and the lack of inclusive resources. In many cases of abuse, an individual is threatened through blackmail or “outing” concealed gender identity to family, coworkers, or religious groups. The abuser may also use the individual’s gender identity to belittle them or justify assault or abuse, including reinforcing internalized homophobia, biphobia, or transphobia. Many individuals do not seek help, fearing similar prejudice from law enforcement or healthcare providers.

Love Shouldn’t Hurt

Having open communication and healthy boundaries are important in every relationship. If you are feeling afraid to leave a relationship, we are here to listen to your story and connect you with the resources that you need. Our team of dedicated advocates is here to support you.

24/7 Hotline: 775.329.4150

Text Line: Text DVHELP or DVSAFE to 839863

Texting is available M-F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., except holidays.