DOVE’s LGBTQIA+ Program offers identity-specific counseling services which are affirming and knowledgeable about the unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ survivors of domestic or partner violence, including a support group for LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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.
LGBTQIA+ survivors face additional barriers in seeking services and leaving their relationship, including:
Lack of focused resources for LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ -affirming.
For counseling services and support groups, call 617.770.4065 ext. 300.
For legal services, call 617.770.4065 ext. 400.
DOVE’s LGBTQIA+ Program also offers trainings and presentations for providers and community members, including:
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality, and continuing education on LGBTQIA+ inclusivity
Partner Violence and the LGBTQIA+ Community
Queerly Beloved: An Introduction to Relationship Skills – a workshop series designed for school GSAs, LGBTQIA+ youth groups, and other youth-based LGBTQIA+ gathering spaces
For LGBTQIA+ -specific trainings and workshops, contact the LGBTQIA+ Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator at 617.770.4065 ext. 305
DOVE’s LGBTQIA+ 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.