Target: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Goal: Demand equal support for LGBT domestic abuse victims
For years, domestic abuse was seen as a matter of male violence towards women. In recent years, men have strived to show that they too, are victims of domestic abuse by the hands of women. However, LGBT domestic abuse victims are underrepresented in this bitter gendered debate. Media has shifted all of its attention toward domestic abuse occurring in heterosexual relationships, while the same abuse and issues in LGBT relationships goes unheard.
Domestic abuse is as prevalent within LGBT relationships as it is in heterosexual relationships. The victims are either terrorized or subjected to physical harm in their relationships. However, homophobia among society deters many victims from reaching out and seeking help. Many victims in abusive LGBT relationships are often left unsupported due to the fact that most shelters and support groups are strictly heteronormative. It does not specifically help many of the LGBT victims because not everyone fits into the standard, everyday support programs.
To provide the proper support and care for LGBT domestic abuse victims, we must recognize that all domestic abuse should be taken seriously and requires sensitivity. LGBT victims should not have to be afraid to seek support because of societal homophobia. Sign this petition to help bring proper support to LGBT domestic abuse victims.
Dear National Coalition Against Domestic Violence,
I feel that it is important that you recognize the fact that domestic abuse is also prevalent within LGBT relationships. Like many heterosexual domestic abuse cases, victims of LGBT domestic abuse are traumatized and faced with physical injuries.
In the gendered debate between heterosexual male and female abuse victims, LGBT victims are often unheard and pushed to the side. I urge you to focus on hearing their voices and what they have to say because they are just as important.
It is often much harder for LGBT victims to reach out for help and seek support because of the homophobia in society. For those who do seek support, many shelters and support groups are designed to cater to the needs of heterosexuals. To ensure that there are proper support systems for LGBT victims, I ask that you implement plans to create support groups that specifically address the needs of LGBT victims of domestic abuse.
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