Statistics and Barriers to Services

Turning Point knows that recent research shows that LGBTQ+ community members fall victim to domestic violence at equal or even higher rates compared to their heterosexual, cisgender counterparts.

In 2017, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reported that LGBTQ+ intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors most commonly reported experiencing verbal harassment (19%).

Other types of violence frequently experienced included physical violence (16%), threats and intimidation (11%), and harassment via a telephone or online (6%). Additionally, hate violence survivors experienced significant rates of discrimination (10%) and bullying (9%). Both IPV and hate violence survivors often experienced more than one form of violence in the incident(s) they reported.

The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey found that more than half (54%) of respondents experienced some form of intimate partner violence, including acts involving coercive control and physical harm. Additionally, nearly half (47%) of respondents were sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime and one in ten (10%) were sexually assaulted in the past year.

LGBTQ+ survivors face additional barriers in seeking services and leaving their relationship, including:

Click the above image to see how an abuser can use power and control to coerce someone into staying in an abusive relationship

  • Lack of resources for LGBTQ+ survivors
  • Cultural myth that abuse in LGBTQ+ relationships is mutual
  • Discrimination including homophobia, biphobia, and/or transphobia
  • Increased isolation due to a small or suburban community
  • Lack of recognition of the relationship
  • Challenges with parental and adoptive parent rights
  • Fear of being outed
  • Myth that partner abuse does not occur in LGBTQ+ communities

How We Can Help You

Turning Point is committed to helping all victims of domestic violence regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability. All of Turning Point’s victims’ services are free and include:

  • 24/7 Crisis Hotline Support
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Safety Planning
  • Individual Counseling for Adults, Teens, and Children
  • Group Counseling for Adults, Teens, and Children
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Referrals
  • Trauma-Based Mental Health Services (Fees charged on need-based sliding-scale)
  • Todos nuestros servicios son ofrecidos en Español

Please call our 24/7 hotline at 815-338-8081 to speak to an advocate about how we can help you find hope, healing, and safety within our community. 

Other LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence Resources

 Local:

  • https://pflag.org/ – PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
  • https://queery.org/ – Queery is a Chicago-based community resource site where you can search for local support groups, homeless services, substance use programs, and much more.

National:

  • https://www.loveisrespect.org/ – Loveisrespect is the ultimate resource to empower youth to prevent and end dating abuse. It is a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
  • https://vawnet.org/ – VAWnet.org has long been identified as an unparalleled, comprehensive, go-to source of information and resources for anti-violence advocates, human service professionals, educators, faith leaders, and others interested in ending domestic and sexual violence.
  • https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/ – A report by the UCLA School of Law – Williams Institute that provides an overview of existing research on intimate partner violence and sexual abuse among LGBT people.