Securing Equal JusticeReaching All Victims

LGBTQ People

LGBTQ people experience domestic and sexual violence at rates equal to or higher than heterosexuals, but are much less likely to receive professional support in the aftermath of these traumatic and potentially life threatening events. Most mainstream agencies and centers aren’t reaching them and don’t have the cultural competency to serve them well. 

To begin to address this striking gap in services, select LGBTQ anti-violence projects have been paired with a domestic violence center and two rape crisis centers in different parts of the country to train local staff. Small in scale, this project, which Vera is evaluating, is generating lessons with nationwide application. It has the potential to vastly expand the safety net for LGBTQ survivors that have been without help for too long.

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