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What are the signs of domestic abuse for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community?

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In general, they are the same as for non-LGBT people. But the abuse may also target sexual orientation or gender identity. Your abuser may also:

  • Make excuses for abuse, like it’s just how men are or that you wanted it to happen
  • Tell you that police or others won’t help because of your gender or orientation
  • Tell you that you’re not really how you identify
  • Threaten to out you to family, friends, and others

SOURCES:

HelpGuide.org: “Domestic Violence and Abuse,” “Help for Men Who Are Being Abused,” “Getting Out of an Abusive Relationship.”

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: “What Is Domestic Violence?” “LGBTQ Relationship Violence.”

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: “Breaking the Silence: A Handbook for Survivors of Domestic Violence.”

Women Are Safe: “Emotional Abuse.”

Mayo Clinic: “Domestic Violence Against Men.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 23, 2018

SOURCES:

HelpGuide.org: “Domestic Violence and Abuse,” “Help for Men Who Are Being Abused,” “Getting Out of an Abusive Relationship.”

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: “What Is Domestic Violence?” “LGBTQ Relationship Violence.”

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: “Breaking the Silence: A Handbook for Survivors of Domestic Violence.”

Women Are Safe: “Emotional Abuse.”

Mayo Clinic: “Domestic Violence Against Men.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 23, 2018

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