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NCAVP mourns the intimate partner violence homicide of Felicia Dormans in Mount Holly, NJ.

NCAVP mourns the death of Felicia Dormans, who was fatally shot by her wife, Laura Bluestein, on August 6, according to media reports. As of now, little is known about the motive of the shooting. Bluestein has been charged with Felicia’s murder and was taken into custody.

We mourn the loss of Felicia Dormans, who is the 10th LGTBQ victim of fatal intimate partner violence NCAVP has counted this year, and send love and care to her friends and loved ones. Though not often talked about, intimate partner violence (IPV) affects lesbian, bisexual, and gay people at the same or higher rates than non-LGB people. And yet, LGBTQ people continue to experience discrimination and violence when accessing care and support around relationship violence.

Working together to support each other as a community, and helping support those who might be in abusive relationships, is crucial to helping prevent intimate partner violence before it escalates. And in doing so, we must also work to enrich our narratives and models of what healthy, loving LGBTQ relationships look like, and support each other in understanding and learning that we are all deserving of love, as a community and as individuals.

In memory of Felicia Dormans.

Larissa Pham

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