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Intimate partner violence or IPV is physical, sexual, psychological, and/or emotional abuse committed against a person by a partner, relative, or other person well known to the victim. The primary motivation for IPV is to establish and maintain power and control over a partner. Intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ community is a serious issue. As in opposite-gendered couples, the problem is likely underreported. Facing a system which is often oppressive and hostile, those involved in same-gender battering frequently report being afraid of revealing their sexual orientation or the nature of their relationship. Others who do not identify as LGBTQ may not feel that their relationship fits the definition but may still be in an abusive and dangerous relationship.
Similarities of LGBTQ and Opposite-Sex/Heterosexual IPV
Unique Characteristics of LGBTQ/Same-Sex IPV
To Support Someone who is a Victim
If You Are a Victim
National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE
LAMBDA GLBT Community Services. LAMBDA is a non-profit, gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgender agency dedicated to reducing homophobia, inequality, hate crimes, and discrimination by encouraging self-acceptance, cooperation, and non-violence.
Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project. The Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project is a grassroots, non-profit organization founded by a gay male survivor of domestic violence and developed through the strength, contributions and participation of the community.
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. NCAVP seeks to address the pervasive problem of violence committed against and within the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive communities.
Another Closet: Domestic Violence in Gay and Lesbian Relationships. This website is written for people in same sex relationships who are, or may be, experiencing domestic violence. http://ssdv.acon.org.au/
The Network/La Red. A national resource and model for battered women's programs, batterer intervention programs, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender organizations beginning to address battering in lesbian, bisexual women's, and transgender relationships.
Rainbow: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Domestic Violence. Dedicated to providing information, resources and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered men and women who are victims of domestic violence.
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Survivor Project. A non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of intersex and trans survivors of domestic and sexual violence through caring action, education and expanding access to resources and to opportunities for action.
AARDVARC. A non-profit organization dedicated to combating family and relationship violence, sexual violence and child abuse.
GLBT National Help Center. The GLBT National Help Center is organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity.
State & Local
Dakota OutRight. Dakota Outright creates opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender North Dakotans and their families through leadership in service, development, education, advocacy and action.
University of North Dakota Ten Percent Society: Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Ally Community.A student-run, community-based organization open to people of all sexual orientations, whose primary goal is to provide a safe, respectful and supportive environment for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Students, Faculty, Staff & Members of the greater Grand Forks community.
Pride Collective and Community Center. Working to create a sense of community and promote education and social activities aimed at furthering the social, emotional, and physical well-being and development of the GLBT community in the Red River Valley.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). PFLAG is a non-profit, tax exempt organization of parents, families, and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons.
Central Dakota PFLAG
Post Office Box 2491
Bismarck, ND 58502-2491
PFLAG Grand Forks
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Uni Med South
600 17th Ave., SE
Minot, ND 58701