This post was contributed by the National LGBTQ DV Capacity Building Learning Center
The past year and a half have been huge for trans*, bi, lesbian and gay people across the United States. Communities big and small are grappling with Marriage Equality and the unprecedented visibility of LGBTQ relationships and families. With this visibility comes greater awareness of the violence that many in our community continue to face. For example, trans* women of color continue to bring much needed attention to the ongoing violence experienced by trans* people across the country. Additionally, the CDC recently released a report showing that LGBTQ people experience domestic abuse at higher rates than heterosexual and non-trans people.
As we gain awareness about the extent of violence experienced by trans*, bi, lesbian and gay people, we must also learn more about how to help those experiencing violence. Where do LGBTQ people go for support? How useful is that support? How can individuals, agencies and communities more effectively work with diverse LGBTQ survivors to meet their needs?
We want to hear from you!
To address these questions and more, the Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs established the National LGBTQ DV Capacity Building Learning Center (the Learning Center). The Learning Center will provide national resources and recommendations to address and prevent domestic violence in LGBTQ communities.
The Learning Center is currently partnering with the National Domestic Violence Hotline to hear directly from bi, trans*, lesbian, gay, or queer people about their experiences seeking help for domestic or dating abuse.
Do you identify as a bi, trans*, lesbian, gay, or queer survivor of abuse in a dating or intimate relationship? We want to hear from you! We invite you to participate in a brief survey to help us learn more about your experiences seeking help. You can also click on the “Take a Survey” button in the sidebar of this website to take the survey.
The information from this survey is critical. It will inform national recommendations for how local, state, and federal programs can support LGBTQ people survive abuse, build safety, and create loving and equitable relationships.
Thank you for your help!