We know that domestic violence affects our communities across the state in disparate and troubling ways. We’re working to close service gaps, break down barriers to access, and driving conversation. An individual’s gender, sexual orientation, race, ability, and more can uniquely impact how they experience intimate partner violence and accessing services.
– 1 in 4 men have been physically abused (slapped, pushed, shoved) by an intimate partner.
– 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused (hit with a fist or hard object, kicked, slammed against something, choked, burned, etc.) by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
– Nearly 1 in 10 men in the United States has experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner and reported at least one measured impact related to experiencing these or other forms of violent behavior in the relationship (e.g., being fearful, concerned for safety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, need for healthcare, injury, contacting a crisis hotline, need for housing services, need for victim’s advocate services, need for legal services, missed at least one day of work or school).
Restoring Ancestral Winds is a tremendous resource to our community as they tirelessly work to advocate for our indigenous communities through culturally competent and informed approaches to service delivery, advocacy, community building, and more. Learn more about the resource partner below.
Sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and sexual harassment can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Women of all sexual identities bear the disproportionate burden of gender-based violence, but we also must recognize the diverse experiences of survivors who represent any and all genders, gender identities, and sexual orientations. LGBTQ+, or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual and non-binary communities often represent a direct contradiction to expected and assigned gender roles in society, and as a result, are at heightened risk of gender-based violence. Some sexual assault and harassment may be directed at individuals as a hate crime specifically because of their identities; other times, abusers may use the victim’s identity, the status of being “out,” or traditional gender norms as a way to maintain power and control.
Gender-based violence impacts the lives of countless women and their families across the United States. Women and girls of all ages, income levels, racial and ethnic communities, sexual orientations, and abilities experience violence in the form of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, trafficking, and stalking. Women and girls with disabilities are more at risk for violence, experience violence more often and more severely, and have more barriers to getting support.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted in 1990, provides protections from discrimination for individuals with disabilities. Under Titles II and III of the ADA, domestic violence shelters must be accessible. To be accessible, shelters and offices are required to: admit people with disabilities into their shelter, provide reasonable accommodations, and eliminate structural barriers to access.
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