2nd LGBTQ Domestic Violence Homicide in Massachusetts within a Month

April 7, 2011

Cape Cod-based Independence House Inc., Attleboro-based New Hope Inc., and LGBTQ-focused The Network /La Red, joined together to put out a unified message in the wake of this tragedy. These sexual and domestic violence organizations are committed to raising awareness and understanding of these issues so that people can recognize warning signs of domestic violence in general and the red flags for domestic violence homicide in particular. Individually as well as through their statewide coalition, Jane Doe Inc., these groups are working to improve access to services and systems response for all domestic violence victims, including the LGBTQ community. Their shared vision involves turning awareness into action and connecting domestic violence victims to life-saving and life-changing services while mobilizing communities to help prevent abuse…

…The sad truth is that the LGBTQ community is no more or less immune to domestic violence than any community. 25-33% of LGBTQ people experience partner abuse in their lifetime…

…Independence House, Inc., a Cape Cod organization working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence “is deeply troubled by the recent reported domestic violence homicide in Provincetown. Domestic violence in all forms is harmful, and we want anyone living on Cape Cod who is in relationship with an abusive person to know that they are not alone and that resources are available at Independence House and through the statewide network of programs. A newly formed High Risk Task Force on the Cape creates an opportunity to identify cases where additional attention and action might be needed to help prevent domestic violence related homicides.” Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, MSW, LICSW, Executive Director, Independence House, Inc…

The Network/La Red’s free and confidential hotline at 617.742.4911 (voice), 617.227.4911 (tty) or visit www.tnlr.org. The Network/La Red is a survivor-led social justice organization in Massachusetts that works to end partner abuse in LGBTQ, polyamorous and SM communities through the provision of support services, organizing and community education.

New Hope Inc.,’s toll-free, confidential, 24-hour domestic and sexual violence hotline at 1-800-323-HOPE (4673). New Hope, Inc., which provides comprehensive domestic and sexual violence intervention and prevention services to Taunton and 53 other communities in Southeastern and Central Massachusetts, and Independence House, which provides similar programs on Cape Cod, serve all survivors of domestic violence, including women, men, children, members of the GLBT community and anyone who may need our help.

Independence House Inc. is a comprehensive community based organization providing individualized response to victims of sexual and domestic violence seeking support and advocacy in Barnstable County. Independence House is accessible to people of all ages, sexual orientations, cultures and languages. Independence House toll free 24/7 hotline addressing domestic and sexual violence: 1-800 439-6507. TTY (508) 771-6782; www.independencehouse.org

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