DASH stands with ALL survivors of domestic violence, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, because EVERYONE deserves a safe place to call home.
While we know that domestic and sexual violence can occur in any relationship, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or other intersectional identities, we also know that LGBTQ individuals are at a higher risk of experiencing domestic violence and face unique barriers to safety.
For example, 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, as opposed to 35% of heterosexual women. Transgender women are three times more likely than others to experience stalking, financial abuse, and sexual harassment.
In addition to experiencing a higher risk of domestic abuse, LGBTQ survivors face unique barriers to safety. There is a distinct lack or resources designed specifically for survivors of this community. LGBTQ individuals may also be more hesitant to involve law enforcement. In a study of male same sex relationships, only 26% of men called the police for assistance after experiencing near-lethal violence.
At DASH we believe that survivors should not have to consider the impacts of homophobia and transphobia when seeking safety from domestic violence. We provide safe housing and support for ALL survivors.
To all LGBTQ survivors – we see you, we believe you, and we join you in celebrating Pride Month.