New Resource Compilation Addresses Domestic Violence in LGBTQ Communities

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A new collection from our colleagues at anti-domestic violence resource center VAWnet seeks to address the lack of prevention and intervention efforts targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people.

The 60-plus resources featured in "Special Collection: Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer Communities" were gathered by the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse in consultation with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Why did they put the resources together? The authors cite a lack of knowledge about domestic violence in LGBTQ relationships. And they say the need for increased awareness is especially important in light of the most recent National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. The study found that people who identified as gay or lesbian reported domestic and sexual violence at rates equal to or higher than people identifying as heterosexual.

“Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence in LGBTQ Communities” is broken into five main sections. Each links to a variety of articles, factsheets and other tools.

  1. Who Are the LGBTQ Communities explains commonly used terms and addresses frequently asked questions about gender identity, gender-neutral language and more.
  2. Rates and Prevalence of DV in LGBTQ Communities sheds light on the extent of the problem.
  3. Improving Services for LGBTQ Individuals includes resources for understanding common dynamics in cases of domestic violence in the LGTBQ community, as well as barriers to service and ways to strengthen service delivery.
  4. Prevention and Intervention features tools and policies already in use.
  5. Training Manuals and Assessment seeks to help shelters and domestic violence service providers gauge their current response to LGBTQ people and consider areas for improvement.

If you want to learn more or find potential partners for violence prevention efforts, the guide also links to a variety of organizations already working on the issue. VAWnet also invites readers to submit new resources for the collection and offer feedback.

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