Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and
Domestic Violence in 1998
Suzana Rose, Ph.D.
from an article of the same title by:
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, October, 1998, c/o New York
City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project,
240 West 35th St., Ste. 200, New York, NY 1001-2506, (212)714-1184, http://www.avp.org
The report represents the third annual survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender (LGBT) domestic violence reported by the members of the National
Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. The report includes quantitative
and qualitative information about the level of domestic violence reported
to community-based anti-violence and domestic violence projects.
The report included case data from 13 participating NCAVP agencies and
9 partner organizations across the U.S.
Domestic violence for this report was defined as: the intentional, nonconsensual
pattern of harm by one's intimate partner for the purposes of gaining
and maintaining control over their partner.
In 1998, there were 2,574 cases of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual
domestic violence reported to participating and partner NCAVP organizations
in the US Survivors in the report identified as gay (47%), lesbian
(36%), bisexual (9%) and heterosexual (8%). The highest rate of reporting
came from survivors between the ages of 30 and 44. The majority of reports
came from Whites, Latino, or African American survivors. Two murder-suicides
were reported, in which the male batterer first killed his male partner,
then himself. Several survivor narratives were provided.
Meaning: Domestic violence in the LGBT community is estimated to
be as prevalent as in the heterosexual community. Few services are available
for LGBT victims. More resources for community education, prevention,
and services are needed.
Reviewed by Suzanna Rose, Ph.D.