Domestic violence does not discriminate. Abuse can occur in any type of relationship, but the domestic violence awareness movement rarely focuses on LGBTQ+ relationships. Everyone deserves to have a safe relationship!
Power and Control
Domestic or dating violence occurs when one person exerts power and control over their partner through a variety of abusive tactics. Every survivor's experience in an abusive relationship is different, but survivors can experience specific tactics unique to the LGBTQ+ community. To learn more about the LGBT Power and Control Wheel, go to https://www.safehousecenter.org/power-and-control-in-lgbt-relationships/
Barriers to Getting Help
If you are experiencing abuse, you do not have to cope with your situation on your own. But survivors may feel like there is not support for them if they are part of the LGBTQ+ community. Survivors may have faced discrimination from service providers in the past and may assume that they will have similar experiences with domestic violence advocates. Survivors may not want to disclose abuse due to concerns about outing themselves, or losing support in their community. No matter what barriers may be interfering with your ability to leave, advocates at The Domestic Violence Shelter are available to support you. Call our 24/7 Crisis Line at 419-774-5840
You deserve to be safe! Whether you are still with an abusive partner, considering leaving the relationship or have left, a safety plan can be a helpful tool in increasing your safety. Resources are available to help you create a personal safety plan. FORGE offers safety planning tips for transgender and GNC individuals and BRAVO provides links to Ohio resources. Advocates at The Domestic Violence Shelter can also discuss a safety plan specific to your situation.