A new report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) finds an increase in intimate partner violence (IPV) within the LGBTQ and HIV-Affected communities. Here’s a look at some of the troubling data collected for 2011:
- NCAVP documented 19 intimate partner violence homicides within the LGBTQ/HIV community, the highest yearly total on record (compared to 6 in 2010).
- LGBTQ/HIV people under the age of the 30 were more than 50 percent more likely to experience physical violence in their relationship.
- People of color within that group were nearly 4 times as likely to experience physical violence.
- NCAVP documented a decrease in reports of intimate partner violence, but largely because the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center (LAGLC) lost its funding for reporting. Without factoring in LAGLC numbers, there was an 18.3 percent increase in reports of LGBTQ/HIV nationwide.
- Among survivors of IPV who sought shelter, well over half (61.6 percent) were denied access to shelter, disturbingly up from 44.6 percent in 2010.
Members of the LGBTQ/HIV community have less access to resources and education, such as IPV prevention initiatives, including survivor-led programs. The report adds that cultural competency training is important for victim service providers so that shelters are more accessible. In addition, the LGBTQ-inclusive Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would ensure that IPV victims are more visible and would recognize under law that the LGBTQ community is currently under-served and has unique needs.