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How domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender relationships is the same as heterosexual relationships:

  • No one deserves to be abused.
  • Abuses can be physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological. It can involve verbal or physical behavior used to coerce, threaten or humiliate.
  • Abuse often occurs in a cyclical pattern.
  • The purpose of the abuse is to maintain control and power over a partner.
  • The abused partner feels alone, isolated and afraid.

How domestic violence is experienced differently in LGBT relationships:

  • LGBT people who have been the victims of domestic violence have a much more difficult time finding sources of support than heterosexual women who are battered by their male partners.
  • Telling heterosexuals about battering in a LGBT relationship can reinforce the myth that many believe that LGBT people are “sick”.
  • LGBT survivors may not know others who are LGBT; leaving the abuse could mean total isolation.
  • Using existing services (shelter, support groups, crisis lines) could mean lying about the relationship or coming out to strangers.
  • The LGBT community is not always supportive of survivors, and frequently is unwilling to admit the extent of violence in their relationships. Maintaining there are no problems is a way to defend against a heterosexist and homophobic culture.

Source: Anti-Violence Project

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