LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency

LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency

When people think about intimate partner violence, often the images one conjures are of men abusing women. And this is for valid reason; in 2013 women accounted for nearly 80% of all victims of police-reported intimate partner violence in Canada. As a women’s organization, it is crucial that we continue to work towards the eradication of violence against women and girls.

Working from a feminist perspective, we must also respond to the complexities of intimate partner violence and respond to its varied forms. Studies have shown that LGBTQ+ relationships experience intimate partner violence at rates similar to, or higher than, people in heterosexual relationships.

So, now that we know that people in LGBTQ+ relationships can experience intimate partner violence, what can we do? There are steps we can take as an organization to ensure that we are welcoming and supportive to people from LGBTQ+ communities, and there are also action steps we can each take individually. Here are some items we can each engage in to ensure we are accessible to LGBTQ+ folks:

  • Assess your values and beliefs
  • Address your internal biases
  • Educate yourself
  • Use inclusive language (i.e. partner)
  • Don’t make assumptions
  • Be cautious of stereotypes

To ensure we create and maintain a safer space, we must each do our part.

If you would like to learn more about IPV in LGBTQ+ Relationships, please watch this webinar.
Select the 2nd webinar from the bottom: “Working with LGBTQ and/or HIV Affected Survivors of IPV”.

For further reading select these links below:
Resources for LGBTQ+ people and allies

Family Violence in Canada: A statistical profile 2013

Wikipedia- LGBT