The Shelter is LGBTQ+ Safe Zone trained:
LGBTQ+ Safe zone means that we are a place open to talking about and being supportive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning +. Below we will give you an overview of the program. You can learn more about it here: http://thesafezoneproject.com/
Who created it?
The Safe Zone Project was created by a collaboration of many partners state-wide, as well as, local communities. The Ohio Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex Task-force includes; Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization, or BRAVO, Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio Domestic Violence Network, TransOhio, Ohio Department of Health, Office of Criminal Justice Services, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Nirvana Now!, Helpline of Delaware & Morrow County Inc., Equality Toledo, Case Western Reserve University Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center, Turning Point, and Huckleberry House. Click each organizations name to be directed to their website for more information.
What is it?
Safe Zone training consists of one full day for cultural competency, including; cultural history and norms, self-awareness, special populations, barriers, safety planning, and a review of policies. Each organization who goes through the training has made the commitment to: be all inclusive in providing services, be understanding what it means to be an ally, and provide greater awareness and outreach to the LGBTQ+ community in their area.
It was created because members of the LGBTQ+ community often face unique challenges and barriers, which are sometimes not addressed properly or at all. These organizations in Ohio, including The Shelter want to make Ohio a place for all survivors to be supported.
Confidentiality: It is not anyone’s right or responsibility to disclose a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
In order to fully understand and discuss LGBTQ+ persons, it is important to understand the proper terminology. Are you interested in learning? Click the link to download the LGBTQ+ Vocabulary Extravaganza!
Remember, domestic violence is not just physical violence. It can be physical, emotional, sexual, economical, psychological, etc. Read our post on What is Domestic Violence. Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic violence occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, or dating. Contact The Shelter if you or someone you know needs help, 800-931-7233. Dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.