Facts about LBGTQ+ violence, assault or abuse

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GLOBAL

VAWnet is an Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence. Serving Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence.


AFRICA

Rescue Fund for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual and Transgender people persecuted and trapped in African countries that criminalize their sexuality

Email: Nathan@privatecourts.com

Mozambique

Associação LAMBDA – Somos a Associação LAMBDA , uma organização de cidadãos moçambicanos que advogam pelo reconhecimento dos Direitos Humanos das pessoas LGBT (lésbicas, gays, bissexuais e transexuais).

South Africa

Access to Justice for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Survivors of Sexual Offences in South Africa


AMERICAS

Canada

The Lifeline Canada LGBTQ resources

Jamaica

J-FLAG is a human rights and social justice organisation which advocates for the rights, livelihood and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Jamaica. 876 946-2113 or 876 631-8654 admin@jflag.org

USA

GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project: Website, information and hotline for GLBTQ victims of domestic violence and their families. Hotline: 800.832.1901

Human Rights Campaign: Sexual Assault and the LGBTQ Community

the Network la Red: The Network/La Red hotline provides emotional support, information, and safety planning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender folks, as well as folks in the BDSM or Polyamorous communities who are being abused or have been abused by a partner. Support available in English and Spanish. Hotline: 617.742.4911

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs: A coalition of programs that document and advocate for victims of anti-LGBT and anti-HIV/AIDS violence/harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, police misconduct and other forms of victimization. Site has a list of local anti-violence programs and publications. Hotline: 212.714.1141

GLBT National Hotline: Call center that refers to over 15,000 resources across the country that support LGBTQ individuals. Hotline: 888.THE.GLNH (843.4564)

The Trevor Project provides a hotline, chatroom, and social network site for all LGBTQI people. Survivors can benefit from their support center and their network of trained counselors. Phone: 1-866-488-7386

The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling provides a directory of LGBT-friendly mental health specialists across the United States. Specialists listed are verified members of AGLBTIC, a division of the American Counseling Association.

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who recognized the urgent need for policy change to advance transgender equality. Their website features a Know Your Rights section that covers discrimination, sexual harassment, and filing a complaint.

RAINN The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is an American nonprofit anti-sexual assault organization, the largest in the United States. 800.656.HOPE (4673)

WITH YOU: QUEER AND TRANS KOREANS SURVIVING VIOLENCE: A COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH REPORT (2018)

Coming home to Islam and to self – The Human Rights Campaign’s series on Coming Home: to Faith, to Spirit, to Self has great personal significance for me. Today, this nation is divided into two distinct Americas— one where legal equality for LGBTQ people is becoming a reality and the other where LGBTQ people still lack access to some of the most basic necessities of life—through legal and cultural barriers. American LGBTQ Muslims face unique challenges within both those spheres.


ASIA

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a network of Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander LGBTQ organizations.

Asian Parents who Love their LGBT Kids (2015): a series of short videos featuring API parents expressing love for their LGBT children in Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Lao, Tagalog, and English

Family is Still Family, Love is Love: one page factsheets for API parents who have LGBTQ children that answer basic questions about being LGBTQ and dispel common misperceptions — in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Ilocano, Indonesian, Khmer, Lao, Punjabi, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese

VIOLENCE: THROUGH THE LENS OF LESBIANS, BISEXUAL WOMEN AND TRANS PEOPLE IN ASIA, 2014

India

Shakti Shalini Shelter, Crisis Intervention and Counseling, Rape Crisis Cell. Shakti Shalini work with women, men, children and members of the LGBTQ community. Tel: 1091/ 1291 (011) 23317004 Shakti Shalini Women’s Shelter: (011) 24373736/ 24373737

Singapore

Oogachaga is a community-based, non-profit, professional organisation working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals, couples and families in Singapore since 1999.

South Korea

WITH YOU: QUEER AND TRANS KOREANS SURVIVING VIOLENCE: A COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH REPORT (2018)

Vietnam

CHƯƠNG TRÌNH CHỦ ĐẠO CỦA CSAGA  – Free Hotline counseling on Gender Violence, Domestic Violence and LGBTQ issues: 024 3333 55 99. Hotline tư vấn miễn phí về Bạo lực Giới – Bạo lực Gia đình và LGBTQ – Nữ Yêu Nữ: 024 3333 55 99


EUROPE

Ireland

Amen Service for men affected by Domestic Violence Tel: 046-9023718

Switzerland

Luzerner Beratungstelefon für lesbische, bisexuelle und an dieser Lebensweise interessierte Frauen

United Kingdom

Galop – the LGBT+ anti-violence charity. Emotional and practical support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse. Abuse isn’t always physical- it can be psychological, emotional, financial and sexual too. Speak out, don’t suffer in silence. National LGBT+ Domestic abuse Helpline T: 0800 999 5428 E: help@galop.org.uk

The London LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP) is a way for LGBT people who have experienced domestic abuse to get the maximum amount of help with a minimum amount of hassle. The DAP is open to any LGBT person experiencing domestic violence who is living or working in London.

stonewall housing – safe spaces for LGBT+ people. Tel: 020 7359 5767

The Rape & Sexual Violence Project believes that everyone deserves a life free from sexual violence and abuse. RSVP offer empathic services to support and inspire children and adults of all genders who have been affected by sexual violence and abuse across Birmingham and Solihull.
LGBT advocacy | PO Box 9558 Birmingham B4 7QE | Tel: 0121 643 0301 | Email: info@rsvporg.co.uk

Trans Survivors Switchboard offers a helpline which provides support and information to trans and/or non-binary people or those who are questioning. Call on 01273 204050 or access live web chat (bottom right hand corner of the screen – link above). Email info@switchboard.org.uk

Safeline has over 20 years’ experience in working with rape and sexual abuse and our research shows that the clients we work with report a significant improvement in their mental health and wellbeing, enabling them to regain control of their lives and play a more active role within their communities.

Men’s Advice Line offers advice, information and listening support for men with experience of domestic abuse. Includes help for men in same-sex and heterosexual relationships. Helpline: 0808 801 0327 Men in same sex relationships


MIDDLE EAST


OCEANIA AND ANTARCTICA

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a network of Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander LGBTQ organizations.

Guam

The Pacific Region Resources.org is an online directory for the Pacific Region’s community. The directory is presented by the Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence. The directory has resources listed by type of service (domestic violence, sexual assault, housing, LGBT, and many more), type of organization/business (non-profit, local government, and more), and locations in the Pacific.


Facts about LBGTQ+ violence or abuse

Approximately 1 in 8 lesbian women and nearly half of bisexual women experience rape in their lifetime. Nearly half of bisexual men and 4 in 10 gay men have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime, and though statistics regarding rape vary, it is likely that the rate is higher or comparable to heterosexual men. As with most hate-based violence, transgender individuals are the most likely to be affected in the LGBT community. A staggering 64% of transgender people have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime. Source: Paulk, Lauren “Sexual Assault in the LGBT Community” 2014

In Canada, over 50% of lesbian, gay and bisexual learners and 75 per cent of transgender learners report verbal harassment; 10% report regularly hearing homophobic comments from teachers. Source: A girl’s right to learn without fear: Working to end gender-based violence at school, International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 2013

In the United States of America, sexual minority respondents reported levels of intimate partner violence at rates equal to or higher than those of heterosexuals:

• Forty-four percent of lesbian women, 61% of bisexual women, and 35% of heterosexual women experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

• Twenty-six percent of gay men, 37% of bisexual men, and 29% of heterosexual men experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.

• Approximately 1 in 5 bisexual women (22%) and nearly 1 in 10 heterosexual women (9%) have been raped by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

In the United States of America, rates of some form of sexual violence were higher among lesbian women, gay men, and bisexual women and men compared to heterosexual women and men:

• Approximately 1 in 8 lesbian women (13%), nearly half of bisexual women (46%), and 1 in 6 heterosexual women (17%) have been raped in their lifetime. This translates to an estimated 214,000 lesbian women, 1.5 million bisexual women, and 19 million heterosexual women.

• Four in 10 gay men (40%), nearly half of bisexual men (47%), and 1 in 5 heterosexual men (21%) have experienced SV other than rape in their lifetime. This translates into nearly 1.1 million gay men, 903,000 bisexual men, and 21.6 million heterosexual men.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/cdc_nisvs_victimization_final-a.pdf

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