For twenty years, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has released reports on the pervasive and sometimes deadly intimate partner violence perpetrated against and within LGBTQ and HIV affected communities, in an effort to better identify our communities’ needs.
Year after year, these reports demonstrate that IPV affects the LGBTQ community in unique and far-reaching ways. Though many advancements have been made in the last twenty years, all too often LGBTQ people are still left out of conversations about intimate partner violence. This is especially true for LGBTQ people of color, LGBTQ people who are undocumented, and LGBTQ people with disabilities, whose stories are rarely heard.
It’s vital that resources dedicated to intimate partner violence focus on building community based support for LGBTQ survivors. We call for domestic violence and intimate partner violence services to continue making their resources affirming to the LGBTQ community and to support LGBTQ organizations and communities in addressing intimate partner violence whenever possible. And we call upon policymakers to not only support affirming resources for LGBTQ survivors, but to increase protections overall for LGBTQ communities.