Statistics and Barriers to Services

Turning Point knows that recent research shows that LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ survivors
  • Cultural myth that abuse in LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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 (Todos nuestros servicios son ofrecidos en Español):

  • 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)

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

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