VIBS has a commitment to providing services to all victims of all forms of violence. Our staff is well trained and consistently progressive, maintaining the most up-to-date knowledge and sympathy for underrepresented and historically oppressed groups, including LGBTQ-identifying individuals.
Findings show that LGBTQ people face domestic, family and intimate partner violence just as much and sometimes even more than non-LGBTQ people. The risk for violence becomes even greater at what are known as “intersections,” or the places where multiple minority identities cross one another. More than half of the LGBTQ survivors reported in 2015 were people of color and more than three quarters of the homicides reported were similarly of non-white groups. Transgender women and even more Trans-Women of color, remain at the highest risk for intimate partner violence.
What the statistical data tells us is that unfortunately, the LGTBQ community has not often enough been able to find relief from violence, or remedy for their abusive situations. A high percentage of LGBTQ victims report having been denied access to safe housing due to their sexual and/or gender identification, and between a quarter and 31% of people in the community report being mistreated/under-assisted or wrongfully arrested by law enforcement – it is these victims of violence and all victims who we wish to serve. VIBS will continue to be a resource for people seeking help to restore their quality of life.
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