DOVE’s LGBQ/T Program offers identity-specific counseling services which are affirming and knowledgeable about the unique challenges faced by LGBQ/T survivors of domestic or partner violence, including a support group for LGBQ/T survivors.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual+, trans, and queer individuals experience domestic or partner violence at rates equal to or greater than straight, cisgender individuals. Between 25%-33% of LGBQ/T people experience partner violence at some point in their lifetime. Transgender individuals experience especially high rates of violence, with the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey reporting that over half (54%) of transgender respondents had experienced partner violence.

LGBQ/T survivors face additional barriers in seeking services and leaving their relationship, including:

  • Lack of focused resources for LGBQ/T survivors

  • Cultural myth that abuse only happens in heterosexual relationships and to cisgender people

  • Discrimination including homophobia, biphobia, and/or transphobia

  • Increased isolation due to small and insular community

  • Lack of recognition of the relationship

  • Challenges with parental and adoptive parent rights

  • Fear of being outed

All of DOVE’s services are free, confidential, and LGBQ/T-affirming.

For counseling services and support groups, call 617.770.4065 ext. 300.

For legal services, call 617.770.4065 ext. 400.

DOVE’s LGBQ/T Program also offers trainings and presentations for providers and community members, including:

  • Introduction to Gender and Sexuality, and continuing education on LGBQ/T inclusivity

  • Partner Violence and the LGBQ/T Community

  • Queerly Beloved: An Introduction to Relationship Skills – a workshop series designed for school GSAs, LGBQ/T youth groups, and other youth-based LGBQ/T gathering spaces

For LGBQ/T-specific trainings and workshops, contact the LGBQ/T Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator at 617.770.4065 ext. 305

DOVE’s LGBQ/T Advocacy & Outreach Program is generously supported by the MA Office for Victim Assistance through a Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

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For emotional support, please call our intake line at

617-770-4065 ext. 300  




P.O. Box 690267
Quincy, MA 02269


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