More gay men in US were victims of intimate partner homicide last year

Report also shows highest homicide rate among intimate partners ever recorded

More gay men in US were victims of intimate partner homicide last year
10 October 2012

A record 19 lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender persons, questioning and HIV-positive persons in the US were victims of homicide at the hands of an intimate partner in 2011, according to a report released Wednesday (10 October) by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.

NCAVP says that is the highest yearly total they have ever recorded and more than three times the six documented homicides in 2010.

Of the 19 homicide victims, 63.2% were men. This is a significant shift from 2010 when 66.7% of the homicide victims identified as women.

‘NCAVP’s report shows that the societal understanding of (intimate partner violence) survivors needs to expand to include gay men,’ says Gary Heath, Domestic Violence Program Coordinator at the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization in Ohio.

The report also shows that LGBTQH people under 30 were nearly twice as likely to experience physical violence and people of color within this group four times as likely.

‘We need more programs and services focused on LGBTQH youth and youth of color,’ says Sandhya Luther Director of Advocacy at the Colorado Anti-Violence Program. ‘These findings underscore the need for policymakers and funders to fund LGBTQH anti-violence organizations to conduct intimate partner violence prevention initiatives, particularly prevention programs for youth and young adults.’

NCAVP collected data concerning intimate partner violence within LGBTQH relationships from anti-violence programs in 22 US states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Washington, a well as from the District of Columbia.

To download the full report, please visit NCAVP online.



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