Domestic Violence in the LGBTQ Community
Domestic violence is universal, meaning it could happen to anyone in any location around the globe. It doesn’t matter what race you are or what religion you believe in. And it doesn’t matter who you love. Many people don’t tend to think of the LGBTQ community when it comes to domestic violence, but it cannot be overlooked.
In fact, recent research shows that LGBTQ members fall victim to domestic violence at equal or even higher rates compared to their heterosexual counterparts. At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we stand up for all domestic violence victims in New Jersey and make sure they can safely escape their dangerous situation. In this blog, we will explain how domestic violence affects LGBTQ couples.
Facts About Domestic Violence and the LGBTQ Community
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) published an article in 2018 explaining the topic of LGBTQ relationships and domestic abuse. Their research revealed some pretty shocking information:
- 43.8% of lesbian women and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
- 26% of gay men and 37.3% of bisexual men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- Just 26% of men in a same-sex relationship have called the police for assistance after experiencing domestic abuse from their intimate partner.
- Fewer than 5% of LGBTQ victims who suffered from intimate partner violence sought restraining orders.
- Transgender domestic violence victims are more likely to experience intimate partner violence in a public setting.
- Bisexual victims are more likely to experience sexual violence, compared to those who aren’t bisexual.
While our list doesn’t encompass all the statistics from their article, you can see that the facts begin to paint a grim picture for LGBTQ domestic violence victims.
Need Help ASAP?
If you need help immediately, most victims always call the police. Why that should always be your first option, you should consider calling a domestic violence hotline too. When you call a domestic violence hotline, trained professionals on the other end can help you figure out your exit strategy. They will help you gather information for your safety plan, tell you how you can get support, and tell you where to go after you leave your abusive partner.
Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone
An experienced family law attorney is essential to any LGBTQ domestic violence case in New Jersey. An attorney can help you file a restraining order to keep you safe once you have left your abuser. Your attorney will also prepare the proper documents to request spousal support, child support (if needed), and legal fees.
That’s why you need to contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone. We have been assisting same-sex abuse victims in New Jersey with their legal needs for years. Let us help you in your time of need. Contact our Jersey City law firm for a free and confidential consultation.