When youth in one study were asked if they knew "where to find resources for GLBT youth experiencing dating violence," only 10% identified domestic violence or sexual assault services (Freedner et al., 2002).Many sexual assault programs struggle to reduce barriers for teens to access their services; in the case of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) youth, the barriers may be even more substantial.Lesbian or gay people of color who are battered also face racism.
Domestic violence occurs in same-gender relationships at the same rate as heterosexual relationships (about 1 in 4).
Fact: There are over 1 million people living in Santa Clara County.
Approximately 10% are gay or lesbian (100 thousand people) – 1 in 4 – are dealing with domestic violence issues, which means that at least 20,000 gays or lesbians in Santa Clara County may need domestic violence services.
Battered lesbians and female bisexuals encounter sexism, homophobia and heterosexism.
Gay and bisexual men encounter homophobia and heterosexism.