LGBT Health - Violence Safety Resources

Violence and safety: disparities and resources

Violence is a significant issue in the LGBT community. Statistics demonstrate that LGBT people are among the most frequent victims of hate crimes and violence; these crimes occur in many settings, including schools and colleges, the armed services, jails and prisons, homes, work places, and public places. Additionally, studies suggest LGBT people have higher lifetime risks of sexual assault and equal or higher rates of domestic violence than their heterosexual counterparts. Data from Wisconsin are consistent with these findings. For example, when compared to their heterosexual counterparts,

LGBT youth are: 

  • almost 3 times as likely to be forced into sex;
  • over 2 times as likely to be hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend;
  • almost 5 times as likely not to go to school, to feel unsafe at school or on their way to or from school; and
  • over 5 times as likely to be in a physical fight resulting in an injury requiring medical treatment.

LGBT adults are:

  • 5 times as likely to be punched, slapped, hit, or kicked by a boyfriend, girlfriend, or partner; and
  • 6 times as likely to be afraid for their safety.

Violence is of particular concern in the LGBT community, because the stigma that can accompany violence and victimization makes it less likely that they will receive adequate care for their injuries.

The following resources are intended to address violence/safety health issues and disparities affecting the LGBT community.

All external hyperlinks are provided for your information and for the benefit of the general public. The Department of Health Services does not testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on externally linked pages.

Hyperlinks marked with the State iconicon indicate Wisconsin resources.

AARDVARC (An Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection)
Description: Information on domestic violence in gay and lesbian relationships, including state laws and how to recognizing and reacting to abuse and locate resources
Resource availability: Internet

Anti-Violence ProjectState icon
Victim advocacy, community outreach, and service provider education program at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
Resource availability: Milwaukee

Dane County Rape Crisis CenterState icon
Crisis intervention and support (24 hour Crisis Line and on-call Advocate/Counselors), short-term counseling, support groups, therapy groups, medical/legal advocacy and accompaniment, community education, and self-defense training to survivors of sexual assault and their families
Resource availability: Dane County

The Network
Information about ending domestic violence in lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women's communities
Resource availability: Internet, Massachusetts

Gay Men's Domestic Violence Program
Information and statistics on domestic violence in gay men
Resource availability: Internet, Massachusetts

Gay Straight Alliance for Safe SchoolsState icon
Leadership development for youth and skill development for GSA advisors and other secondary school educators 
Resource availability: South Central Wisconsin, Internet

Lesbian Partner Violence Fact Sheet
Definitions, statistics, and legal information about domestic violence between lesbian women; published by the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center at the University of Missouri at St. Louis
Resource availability: Internet

Northwest Network
Description: LGBT information and support regarding abuse and violence (based in Seattle, WA)
Resource availability: Internet 

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
Information about the sexual assault, including the listing for the National Sexual Assault Hotline
Resource availability: National, Internet
Description: Information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.
Resource availability: Internet

Transgender Sexual Violence Project DescriptionState icon
Resources, including information, support groups, and a listserv, for transgender individuals and others who are not served by other sexual violence response systems; hosted by FORGE
Resource availability: Milwaukee, Internet

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault State icon
Information and support regarding sexual assault
Resource availability: Wisconsin

Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic ViolenceState icon
Description: Information and support regarding domestic violence
Resource availability: Wisconsin

Last Revised: November 23, 2014