Same-Sex Domestic Violence Rose Significantly In 2010

By Bridgette P. LaVictoire

October 27, 2011

The 2010 Report on Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBTQ and HIV-Affected Communities was released today…

…The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs or NCAVP released the report…

…They found that there was an increase in the severity of violence experienced by survivors, there were six documented deaths from same-sex domestic violence, but more survivors were turned away from shelters in 2010. Additionally, less than half of those survivors who sought a protection order were able to get one, and survivors often had major problems dealing with law enforcement.

According to the press release:

…This report is a product of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), a coalition of 38 anti-violence organizations. Seventeen anti-violence programs in 14 states across the country—including Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, New York, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin—contributed data to this report. A complete version of the report is available online.

In 2010, NCAVP programs received 5,052 reports of IPV, an increase of 38.1% from the 3,658 reports in 2009. The LA Gay & Lesbian Center (LAGLC) received additional funding for their IPV programming, accounting for a significant portion of the increase in reported numbers nationwide. “In 2010 we were able to hire a dedicated staff person to focus on gathering information about local IPV incidents,” said Susan Holt, Program Manager, STOP Partner Abuse/Domestic Violence Program at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. “The increase in reports of intimate partner violence during this time demonstrates the tremendous impact that increased funding can have in allowing anti-violence programs to better support LGBTQH IPV survivors.”…

…In 2010, more than half of survivors (55.4%) experienced physical violence at the hands of their abusive partners, a substantial increase from 2009 (36.5%)…“This rise in severity demonstrates the critical need for mainstream service providers and first responders such as the police, emergency responders, medical providers, counseling services, legal services and domestic violence shelters to have LGBTQH-specific competency.”

NCAVP documented six IPV deaths in 2010 consistent with the six documented murders in 2009. Of these six victims, four identified as female…

…More survivors in 2010 (44.6%) were turned away from shelter than in 2009 (34.8%). Additionally, in 2010, NCAVP saw 54.4% of survivors seeking an order of protection were denied one…“Policymakers need to increase support and safety for LGBTQH survivors by preventing all service providers from discriminating against survivors based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”

…In 2010, 7.1% of survivors called the police for support, a decrease from 2009 where 21.7% of survivors called the police, indicatingreluctance on the part of LGBTQH survivors to seek assistance from law enforcement…

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) communities….

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