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WEST HOLLYWOOD – In recognition of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month in October, the City of West Hollywood will focus its outreach efforts throughout the month on highlighting the impact of domestic violence / intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ community.
The City, throughout the month, will focus its outreach efforts through the lens of Gender Orientation, Identity and Expression (SOGIE) and share information and resources with the community on gender-based violence. intimate partners.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the United States, more than 10 million adults are victims of domestic violence each year. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the United States. On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive more than 20,000 calls, an average of almost 15 calls per minute.
For Congresswoman Cori Bush (D) of St. Louis, Missouri, herself a victim of domestic violence, creating greater awareness is an urgent priority.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
As a DV survivor, this month means a lot to me.
To all survivors and those experiencing intimate partner violence, know that your congressman loves you and is working to build a world where we end this abuse.
– Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) October 9, 2021
In New Orleans, Mayor Latoya Cantrell also pushed for greater awareness:
Domestic violence usually happens in secret, but let’s shout it from the rooftops. Domestic violence is never okay, no matter what. If you or someone you know is in desperate need of help, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. pic.twitter.com/rHt6WM1KUq
– Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) October 2, 2020
Domestic violence is widespread in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or nationality. Domestic violence, also called domestic violence, which is abuse or assault that occurs in a romantic relationship. It occurs in same-sex and heterosexual relationships, and among those who are married, in long-term and short-term relationships. Domestic violence can take many forms; in addition to physical violence, this can include sexual violence, verbal violence, emotional abuse, bullying, controlling behaviors, isolation behaviors and economic violence.
The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. About 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced sexual, physical or stalking violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence can occur in LGBTQ relationships at rates equal to or even greater than in cisgender / heterosexual relationships. Statistics show that:
- 44 percent of lesbians, 61 percent of bisexual women, and 35 percent of heterosexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime;
- 26 percent of gay men, 37 percent of bisexual men, and 29 percent of straight men experience rape, physical violence and / or harassment by an intimate partner in their lifetime; and
- The 2015 US Transgender Survey found that more than half (54%) of transgender and non-binary respondents have experienced spousal violence in their lifetime.
The following resources are listed on the City’s website at www.weho.org/lgbtq.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of domestic violence / intimate partner violence, sexual assault or stalking, there are resources to help you:
- The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website at https://ncadv.org offers comprehensive information on warning signs of domestic violence and abuse.
- The National helpline on domestic violence website at www.thehotline.org offers immediate 24/7/365 help via the ‘chat now’ button on the website or by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or texting LOVEIS at 22522, and for deaf people / hearing impaired: 1- 855-812-1011 (VP) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
- Immediate help is also available through the Los Angeles County DV Hot Line 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-978-3600.
- The Los Angeles LGBT Center offers domestic violence / domestic violence counseling services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities by contacting (323) 993-7649.
- The Jewish Family Service Family Violence Program provides 24-hour confidential crisis lines for victims of abuse by contacting (310) 858-9344 (English / Spanish); (818) 464-2864 (Farsi) and (310) 858-9344 (Orthodox Jew).
- Peace over violence provides one-on-one intervention in cases of sexual assault, domestic violence, youth violence and child abuse by contacting the 24-hour helpline (310) 392-8381.
- Love is Respect National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline provides 24/7 help and support with intimate partner violence to youth ages 13-26 by calling 1-866-331-9474; TTY 1-866-331-8453 or text LOVEIS to 22522.
The SPCA-LA Animal Safety Net provides temporary homes for the pets of domestic violence survivors by calling 1-888-527-7722.
President Joe Biden spoke of the need for greater awareness in a proclamation issued by the White House earlier this month:
“During National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we honor the immense dedication of advocates and service providers, honor the courage and resilience of survivors, and pledge to support them for safety, dignity and justice. There is still a lot of work to be done, and it will take all of us to do it. We must rededicate ourselves to creating a society where domestic violence is not tolerated, where survivors are supported, and where all have the opportunity to thrive without fear of violence or abuse.“