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An abusive LGBTQ relationship, like any abusive relationship, has an abusive partner who uses physical, sexual or emotional abuse, financial control, and other abusive actions to gain control over the other partner. However, abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships may also maintain power by using sexual orientation or gender identity against their partner. They may even capitalize on anti-LGBTQ sentiments to ensure their partner does not seek help.

An abusive partner in a LGBTQ relationship might …

  • Threaten to “out” their partner to their family, friends or employers
  • Make their partner feel like no one will help them or that they deserve the abuse
  • Isolate their partner from friends or the community by claiming they are “not really” lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
  • Portray the abuse as mutual or consensual

LGBTQ people experience sexual violence in a multitude of ways, in their intimate relationships, by an acquaintance or any other trusted individual. LGBTQ people are also at risk of a sexual assault that may be motivated by anti-LGBTQ bias, making it a hate crime.

We all love differently and have different kinds of relationships but abuse is never acceptable in any kind of relationship. If you or someone you know identifies as LGBTQ and is experiencing relationship violence, call us. We can help. Click here to find out more about violence in LGBTQ relationships.

If you have experienced violence, we are here to help. When you are ready to contact us, we will listen and assist with your individual needs. We have safe spaces so that you can find refuge and different programs to help encourage healing. We even offer resources to people that want to help their loved ones. Most importantly, we want to empower everyone to make the best choices for themselves.

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Let’s talk. We are here to listen. Call our 24/7 Crisis Hopeline for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors at 915.593.7300 or 1.800.727.0511.

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