Within the LGBTQ+ community, Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) is referred to as Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse (IPV/A). In the U.S., October has been designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (NDVAM).
Statistics show that IPV/A occurs with a similar frequency as in heterosexual relationships. Additionally, new research suggests that a greater percentage of LGBTQ+ individuals are living in fear of an abusive partner than previously thought. And each year, between 50,000-100,000 lesbians (or more) and as many as 500,000 (or more) gay/SGL men are battered, and about one in four LGBTQ+ relationships/partnerships are abusive in some way. Incidences of IPV/A often are under-reported amongst same-sex couples.
Several years ago, I wrote an op-ed about this destructive, demoralizing, and potentially life-threatening cycle of behavior for the Advocate, the world’s leading source of LGBTQ+ news and information. The column documented my experience as a survivor of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse.