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IPV in the LGBTQ+ Community
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health issue that affects millions of Americans. The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples.
If you or someone you know is experiencing IPV, call 1-800-799-7233 for local and national resources, or ask your doctor to refer you to the IPV coordinator at your medical center.
June is Pride month and IPV does not discriminate. The LGBTQ community experiences IPV at the same rate and likely higher rates than heterosexual relationships. Moreover, the LGBTQ community may experience different forms of IPV, including threatening to reveal one partner’s sexual orientation/gender identity as a means to control the individual, and referring to a transgender person as “It”.
When looking at IPV statistics for the LGBTQ community, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence found:
- 43.8 percent of lesbian women and 61.1 percent of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime, as opposed to 35 percent of heterosexual women.
- 26 percent of gay men and 37.3 percent of bisexual men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, in comparison to 29 percent of heterosexual men.
- Transgender victims are more likely to experience intimate partner violence in public, compared to those who do not identify as transgender.