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LGBTQ Domestic Abuse

Abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships use many of the same tactics to gain power and control as abusive partners in heterosexual relationships — physical, sexual or emotional abuse, financial control, isolation and more.

But abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships also reinforce these tactics with the societal factors of being in an LGBTQ relationship. Often partners may not be "out" to their family or friends and abusers use this as a power and control method threatening to expose their lifestyle to others. This adds to the complexity of victims leaving or getting help.


Domestic violence is not limited to heterosexual relationships and can affect individuals of all sexual orientations and genders. Within the LGBTQ community, intimate partner violence occurs at a rate equal to or even higher than that of the heterosexual community. LGBTQ individuals may experience unique forms of intimate partner violence as well as distinctive barriers to seeking help due to fear of discrimination or bias. 

Everyone, including members of the LGBTQ community, deserves to live a life free from abuse.

You are not alone and help is available. Passages advocates are non-judgmental, confidential, and empower you gain back the power and control you once had. All services are free.

If you'd like more resources or help call Passages 24/7 at 800-236-4325.

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