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24 Hour Hotline 1-800-863-9909
Domestic abuse can affect anyone – people of any race, gender, education level, or socio-economic status. So it’s no surprise that domestic abuse also reaches into the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
In fact, nearly 25 percent of LGBT people – about the same rate as heterosexual women – experience abusive relationships.
However, it’s a reality that’s rarely discussed – and even more rarely reported – perhaps because LGBT people fear that if they ask for help, they might have to deal with homo- or transphobic reactions from police or other officials.
And, LGBT people who haven’t come “out” to friends or family members often feel it’s riskier to confide in someone than to just put up with the abuse.
If someone is abusing you, we encourage you to talk to us about what’s happening and to explore some options. Our free, confidential hotline number is 1.800.863.9909. Give us a call. We believe you deserve to live and love with joy and respect, and we want to help.
If you’re not sure your situation is abusive, here are some questions that might help you think things through. If any one of these behaviors is part of your life, you are probably being abused.