Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community
Domestic abuse and violence is blind to sexual orientation or social status. On a Daily basis, Issues of dominance, power, and control in relationships are rooted in the fabric of the oppressive systems we live in. Although there is overlap between the issues faced by survivors of domestic violence and partner abuse in straight and gay relationships, GLBT persons struggle with some unique challenges and vulnerabilities that may be exploited in same-sex intimate partner abuse. These include:
Fear or threats of being “outed”
Abuse in the guise of being toughened up.
Exploitation of a sense of self as worthless, sinful, or destined to be punished because of sexual orientation.
Isolation and lack of social connectedness or family support.
Threats of legal, religious, or employment discrimination.
Lack of healthy role models or relational templates.
Fear of loss of children.
Exploitation of HIV-related issues and vulnerabilities.
If you have experienced any of these challenges in your relationship, please call for support. Help is available.
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