LGBTQ Domestic Violence Survey Needs To Hear From You

Members of several local LGBTQ+ groups and the domestic violence service providers Safe Net and Safe Journey have come together to learn more about the needs of domestic violence victims and survivors in our LGBTQ+ communities. Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. It happens across all groups of people, regardless of race, gender identity, social status, religion, sexual orientation or attraction.

Statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) indicate domestic violence occurs in LGBTQ+ communities at a rate equal to or higher than that of the heterosexual community. And yet, forty five percent of LGBTQ+ victims of physical violence in an intimate relationship do not report it to police because they believe they will not be helped. LGBTQ+ individuals may experience unique forms of intimate partner violence as well as distinctive barriers to seeking help due to fear of potential discrimination or bias. Our task force would like to change that in our communities.

We are conducting a survey to understand the attitudes and beliefs members of the LGBTQ+ community might have if they need to seek help for domestic violence. We also want to gather information about how to make services more welcoming and accessible to them. The survey should take about 30 minutes and is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who identifies as LGBTQ+. If you are interested in participating, please click on the link below. You might also be one of four lucky winners of a $25 gift card!

Please feel free to share this link with anyone who might qualify for the study.

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