At Family Crisis Services, we recognize that domestic violence occurs in all communities, including the LGBTIQ – Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer community. Survivors of same-sex domestic violence have unique barriers to face when attempting to leave an abusive partner and when reaching out for assistance. Our staff receives Safe Zone training so that we are sensitive to these barriers and can respond to your concerns.
We value the input of anyone who is interested in the issue of same-sex domestic violence. If you have questions or concerns about our outreach campaign, please contact our administrative office at 207.767.4952.
The Network/La Red is a bilingual, grassroots, survivor-led organization working to end domestic violence in LGBQ/T, SM, and polyamorous communities.
Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project is a grassroots, non-profit organization founded by a gay male survivor of domestic violence.
Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network is a national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.
Domestic violence can affect people regardless of ethnicity. We at FCS have a commitment to providing safe and accessible services to all survivors of domestic violence.
Domestic and sexual violence is against the law in United States. The fact is that sexual and domestic violence can happen regardless of where we live, who we are, who we love, where we come from, what our economic status is, what language we speak or what our citizenship status is.
Culture is often used as an excuse for an abuser to be violent or controlling towards a partner. Victims may also be afraid to tell anyone in their community about the abuse because they are ashamed, embarrassed and they may blame themselves for the abuse. If they left the abuser, then they might have to leave their ethnic community.
When victims of domestic violence were not born in the U.S., it can create many barriers for them. Immigration status can be used by an abuser to control and instill fear in victims. Cultural differences and language barriers can also impact victims’ ability to seek help.
Sometimes victims stay in an abusive relationship, not only because of fear or finances, but because of their cultural beliefs or citizenship status. For example:
*Your abuser may lie to you about your rights, use your cultural background against you, or use threats about child custody or deportation to silence and frighten you.
*You may worry what might happen if your abuser is deported.
*You may feel dependent on your abuser economically or for immigration status.
*You may worry about your family here or in your home country if you choose to speak out about the abuse.
*You may feel that you can’t reach out for help if English is not your first language.
*You may feel ashamed about the abuse or concerned about what your community will think if they know about the abuse you are experiencing.
*If you’re undocumented, you may worry about whether it’s safe to talk to your doctor or anyone about what’s happening to you.
*If you’re undocumented, you may worry about whether you can use or trust the court system to keep you safe. Additionally, turning to police or other authorities may seem unwise, if these were sources of danger or abuse in your home country.
It’s common to feel overwhelmed, confused, afraid, depressed alone and unsure of what to do when thinking about your situation. You may not be sure what your options or where to turn for help.
Our hotline and outreach services can access LanguageLine Solutions, an over-the-phone interpreting service located in California, at a moment’s notice. The caller needs only to identify the language they speak. The FCS advocate will put the caller on hold, call LanguageLine Solutions and then reconnect when the appropriate interpreter is on the second line.
An in-person interpreter can be scheduled when a face-to-face meeting with an advocate is planned ahead. Feel free to call our 24-hour hotline number at 1.800.537.6066 for more information.