Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Relationships

Domestic violence in LGBT relationships is just as widespread as domestic violence between heterosexual couples. LGBT victims experience the same kind of abuse patterns as heterosexual victims. Remember that domestic violence is a set of behaviors used by one person in the relationship to control the other.

LGBT individuals may face different barriers to leaving the relationship or disclosing the abuse


  • Threats by the victim to out a partner to friends, family, co-workers, or others
  • Reinforcing fears that no one will help LGBT victim
  • Portraying the violence as mutual and even consensual No access to family courts
  • Lack of accessible services for LGBT victims, especially gay males

The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the LGBT community may play an important role in domestic violence


  • The abuser may threaten to reveal the victim’s HIV/AIDS status to others
  • The abuser may withhold medical treatment or medications of the victim
  • The abuser may threaten to infect the victim with HIV
  • Violence may become more potent to HIV/AIDS victims who may be too weak to defend themselves or have related consequences, such as easy bruising, infections, or difficulty healing

When assessing for domestic violence in LGBT individuals, become familiar of resources in your area that can assist the need of LGBT victims.

This concludes the domestic violence training.