I‘ve made it my ongoing–and fervent–mission to continue to shine a bright light on a certain demoralizing, insidious and horrific cycle of behavior that continues to be a growing concern within the LGBTQ Community.  This is Part Seven of an ongoing series that will address this potentially life-threatening cycle of abuse.  

     As you’re aware, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  And, Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse (IPV/A) is an integral part of this yearly event.

     IPV/A, generally known as domestic violence and abuse within the LGBTQ community, is more widespread than was once previously believed.  Each year, between 50,000-100,000 lesbians (or more) and as many as 500,000 (or more) gay/SGL men are battered. 

     In other words, IPV/A is no joke.

    I’m a survivor of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse.  I’ve shared my story with the Advocate, the nation’s largest and most influential LGBTQ media source.  Visit:  https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2016/12/06/making-great-escape-abusive-relationship

     And remember:

     We Must RISE UP…And Tell! Someone.  Anyone Who Will Listen. We must make our “Great Escape.” 

     And, always remember:  the most powerful weapon the abuser has in his/her arsenal is…SILENCE. 

     If you or someone you know is experiencing IPV/A, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) or the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project Hotline (1-800-832-1901). 

     I have a special IPV/A section right here at Wyattevans.com that includes resources to assist victims.  Visit:  https://wyattevans.com/lgbtq-domestic-violenceabuse-making-your-great-escape/

     The time to break the cycle is NOW!