What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence- sometimes called Intimate Partner Violence- is an ongoing pattern of willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of ag, economic status, race, religion, nationality, educational background or gender identity. Domestic violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. It results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.


What is Dating Violence?

The same dynamics occur in dating relationships. Teen dating violence is a significant problem not only because of its prevalence and physical and mental health consequences but also because it occurs at a life stage when romantic relationships are beginning and patterns are learned that may carry over into adulthood.


LGBTQ Victims May Face

  • Threats of being outed.
  • Pressure to be out or for being "too" out.
  • Isolation from family, friends, community.
  • Emotional abuse.
  • Name calling, slurs, shaming.
  • Fewer legal and other service protections.
  • Lack of visibility of LGBTQ individuals may equal fewer models for healthy relationships.
  • People in a survivor's life may not recognize that she/he is in a relationship, much less that the abuse is happening.
  • Lack of screening to determine the primary aggressor.