This week, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Project (NCAVP) released new data on intimate partner violence. The findings indicate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and HIV-positive individuals are victims of intimate partner violence at an alarmingly high rate.
According to the report, people of color make up more than half of all LGBT and HIV-positive survivors of intimate partner violence. Transgender individuals are more likely to experience intimate partner violence in public areas. Bisexual people are more likely to experience sexual violence, and LGBT black individuals are more likely to be injured. Unfortunately, 45% of the survivors that were surveyed did not report their experience to the police.
In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released data from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey that showed 61 percent of bisexual women and 44 percent of lesbian women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Thirty-seven percent of bisexual men and 26 percent percent of gay men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime. According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 19% of transgender individuals have experienced violence by a family member because they were transgender or gender non-conforming.
LGBT victims have often been denied access to services, turned away from shelters, and refused orders of protection because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2013, Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to include explicit protections for LGBT victims. The law now prohibits service providers receiving federal funds from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Service providers can also apply for grant money to address issues affecting the LGBT community.
HRC will continue to work with our coalition partners to address intimate partner violence against LGBT individuals.