Our Turn: Supporting Survivors in the LGBTQIA Community
As Pride Month comes to a close, we wanted to put out one final message that stands this month and every month.
Domestic and sexual violence affect all populations, but it affects the LGBTQIA community at much higher rates. We believe everyone has the right to safety and respect in their relationships. Our services are for everyone, no matter how they identify or whom they are in a relationship with.
Love is love but…abuse is abuse. It is important to recognize the parallels between abuse in heterosexual relationships and abuse in LGBTQIA relationships. Those signs of abuse can include jealousy, controlling behaviors, use of force or violence, threats, mood swings and more.
One example is verbal abuse, attacking a survivor’s identity by claiming they are too “gay” or too “hetero”. Another example is an abuser may restrict a transgender survivor's access to gender affirming treatments like hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or chest binders, or repeatedly call them the wrong name/pronouns to misgender them.
LGBTQIA+ survivors of abuse may also face additional challenges. Fear of threats, bullying, discrimination, being outed and a lack of community support can stop someone from reaching out for help when they need it.
If you are feeling alone and unsure, call or text us. You will be heard. If you have questions, you will find safety and respect as you explore your options. From peer counseling to court advocacy and emergency housing, know that TPN is here for you.
We join with you in celebrating PRIDE month. And during PRIDE month—and every month— we are here to support survivors and allies who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Our judgment-free services are free and confidential. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-639-3130. To learn more or to chat live with an advocate, you may also visit us on the web at www.turningpointsnetwork.org
OUR TURN is a public service series by Turning Points Network (TPN) serving all of Sullivan County with offices in Claremont and Newport. We provide wraparound supports for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking and we present violence-prevention education programs in our schools. For more than 40 years, TPN has helped people of all ages move from the darkness of abuse toward the light of respect, healing and hope. For information contact 1.800.639.3130 or www.turninqpointsnetwork.org or find us on Facebook.