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While all young victims of dating abuse face obstacles to getting help, LGBTQ youth are in a particularly difficult situation:
- Abusive partners may threaten to “out” their victims.
- Abusers may make their victims feel ashamed about their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Adults and friends may not take the abuse seriously because they believe the myth that domestic violence only occurs in opposite-sex relationships.
While the rate of violence in the LGBTQ community mirrors that of straight relationships, less than 25% of all victims report their abuse. LGBTQ youth need to know they are not alone and there are confidential resources available specifically for them. We've compiled a list of those resources below.
In 2009, Break the Cycle was awarded prestigious funding from the US Department of Justice to create Hear My Voice, the first national campaign specifically designed to educate LGBTQ youth about dating violence. Since its launch, the campaign has distributed resources to nearly 10,000 young people and advocates in the Austin, Chicago and Los Angeles and launched a special website: hearmyvoice.breakthecycle.org.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within LGBTQH communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs, affiliate organizations and individual affiliates who create systemic and social change. We strive to increase power, safety and resources through data analysis, policy advocacy, education and technical assistance. Learn more about the National Coalition of Anti Violence Projects and the work being done to address violence in the LGBTQ community.
The NW Network increases a communities’ ability to support the self-determination and safety of bisexual, transgendered, lesbian and gay survivors of abuse through education, organizing and advocacy. The Network works within a broad liberation movement dedicated to social and economic justice, equality and respect for all people and the creation of loving, inclusive and accountable communities.
Since 2008, the Show Me Love campaign has educated and engaged the District of Columbia's LGBTQ community to prevent and end dating violence. Providing bilingual resources and connections to Break the Cycle's legal services, the Show Me Love campaign has reached more than 10,000 DC residents.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Visit them at trevorproject.org.
The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.
A resource to encourage athletes, coaches, parents, fans and other members of the sports community to respect all individuals involved in sports. Take the pledge at athleteally.com.