Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Domestic Violence Information Guide


What does domestic violence in the LGBTQ community look like?

LGBTQ abusers use many of the same tactics as non-LGBTQ abusers such as social isolation, emotional and psychological abuse, economic control, and physical and sexual violence to perpetrate domestic violence against their intimate partners. However, domestic violence within same-sex relationships is comprised of some unique characteristics requiring specific responses and resources that aren’t typically necessary or available when responding to domestic violence perpetrated in heterosexual relationships, usually by a male abuser against his female intimate partner.

Specific issues/concerns unique to LGBTQ victims of domestic violence

Barriers to Addressing LGBTQ Domestic Violence

What resources are available to LGBTQ victims of domestic violence?

Some applicable laws include but are not limited to:

In addition to the family offenses applicable to all DV victims, depending on the facts of the case, the police or prosecutor may want to consider additional charges:

24-hour, toll-free, all-language Domestic Violence Hotlines that can assist LGBTQ victims of domestic violence with finding support and shelter services statewide.

Additional Resources