March 02, 2010

LGBT Helping Hands 3/2/10-Oasis Services (Boone, NC)

Domestic violence is a serious issue in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) relationships. Abuse in LGBT relationships happens for the same reasons as in heterosexual relationships: to maintain control and power over one’s partner. Domestic violence occurs in same-gender relationships at the same rate as heterosexual relationships (about 1 in 4).

As in heterosexual couples, the problem is extremely underreported. Because LGBT individuals face a society oppressive and hostile towards them, LGBT persons are often afraid of revealing their sexual orientation or the nature of their relationship in order to receive help. LGBT communities can be small, and abuse survivors may have to plan for running into her or his abuser at meetings or community events. Conversely, survivors may not know others who are LGBT, meaning that leaving the relationship could result in total isolation. OASIS understands the complexity of these issues and is prepared to assist LGBT survivors in making decisions about safety that will best serve the survivor.

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