The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs just released a study that provides a bleak look into the problem of domestic abuse and violence against intimate partners in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected community (LGBTQH). One of the stranger findings—the number of gay domestic abuse cases rises in the spring and early summer. But the NCAVP also has suggestions on how our community can address the issue.
David Mixner breaks down some of the report’s key findings:
-There were a total of 5,052 reports of domestic violence in our community which is an increase of over 38% from last year.
-There was also a dramatic increase in the physical violence directed at their partners. 55.4% of the survivors reported physical violence from their partners. This is an increase from 38.5% from the previous year.
-Six of our community members were killed by their partners in 2010.
-Over 44% of the LGBTQH survivors of domestic violence were turned away from traditional shelters!
-Over 54% of survivors who sought court order protection for same sex domestic abuse were denied them by the courts!
-A measurement of the despair and isolation our survivors are feeling is that in 2009 we saw 22% of the survivors call the police. Last year we saw that only 7% of the survivors felt there was a solution in seeking protection from the police.
Despite the depressing fact that LGBTQH people aren’t immune to domestic abuse, the report also suggests policy makers, public and private funders to increase local, state and national funding of LGBTQH-specific anti-violence measures.
These measures include legal non-discrimination provisions that increase support and safety for LGBTQH survivors of violence, community programs led by survivors and experts of LGBTQH domestic violence to increase public awareness, and strategies to intervene and prevent LGBTQH domestic violence between the abusers and the abused.