Friday, November 8, 2013

Domestic violence is a problem for LGBT couples too

This piece is worth the read.
Yejin Lee, an associate at the Anti-Violence Program in New York City, said that the assumption of heterosexuality has been a huge stumbling block for gays and lesbians seeking refuge from an abuser. "One problem is the way domestic violence has been framed for the past 30 years," she said. Since the entire movement against domestic abuse started as a battered women's movement, Lee said, we are ingrained to think that victims are all are married, straight women.
Via The Atlantic

What always gets me is the levels of violence in LGBT domestic violence incidents that manage to get reported to police. Some of them are particularly brutal. If I had to guess I would say that it's not because domestic violence is worse in the LGBT community, but that given the historical reticence to report, they rise to more violent levels before actually they do get reported.

Either way, it's sad. Police agencies and organizations that work with domestic violence victims need to ensure that they are welcoming to all victims of domestic violence regardless of sexual orientation.

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