It’s October which means it is not only Halloween time but also Domestic Violence Awareness Month! During the month of October, we bring attention to an issue that affects EVERY community through hosting awareness events, trainings for service providers, and social forums.
“Although Domestic Violence does not discriminate, it is important to recognize that LGBT POC survivors are more likely to face additional barriers in seeking safety and support which may include, but is not limited to: stigma, racism, homophobia, transphobia, wrongful arrest, lack of culturally specific resources, domestic violence shelters not providing equitable services to gay/bi men or transgender identified individuals, and staff not adequately trained on LGBT cultural relevancy. Additionally, not knowing the signs of abuse, feelings of guilt/shame, lack of knowledge of available resources and the fear of having to “come out” if deciding to leave an abusive relationship has also presented barriers.”
– From the October/November 2015 issue of “In Our Own Voices” (IOOV)
Did you know that “IN OUR OWN VOICES'” VICTIM SERVICES PROGRAMS works reduce those barriers and is available to provide culturally specific services to the LGBT/LGBT POC Community? Click HERE to learn more about the many other services which includes: counseling, emergency assistance, food pantry, information and referrals, criminal justice advocacy and access to support groups.
Fall 2015 upcoming IOOV Training Programs, Click HERE