Rainbow House serves and shelters all survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, regardless of age, religion, or political belief, socioeconomic status, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identification. Do you need help? Just call. 715-735-6656.
Room To Be Safe is a statewide initiative designed to educate about healthy and unhealthy relationships in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in Wisconsin.
If you want to talk to an LGBTQ anti-violence advocate at Diverse & Resilient who can help connect you to a provider or talk through your situation with you, please call our non-emergency LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence Resource Line at (414) 856-LGBT (5428). This is not a 24-hour hotline. A call will be returned to you within 24 hours on weekdays and varying hours on weekends. You can ask for a phone call or text back.
LGBTQIA Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior one person uses over another to systematically gain and maintain power and control in an intimate relationship.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, people who identify as gay, lesbian, and bisexual experience intimate partner violence at rates equal to or greater than the general population and initial research shows that up to 50% of people who identify as transgender experience domestic violence over their lifetime.
LGBTQIA intimate partner violence impacts many relationships, families, and communities. Abusers may use some of the following behavior to gain and maintain power and control in an intimate relationship.
- No one deserves to be abused.
- Abuse can be physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, financial, or psychological.
- Abuse often occurs in cyclic fashion (link to cycle of violence).
- Abuse can be deadly.
- The purpose of the abuse is to maintain control and gain power over one’s partner.
- The abused person may feel isolated, afraid, and convinced that they are at fault.
- The abused person risks the loss of community if they tell.
- If the abused person has children, they risk the loss of children if they tell.
- The incidence rate of partner abuse in LGBT relationships is approximately the same as for non-LGBT people – 25-30% of relationships are abusive.
- Transphobic, sexist, and heterosexist society creates a different context for the abuse, including gender dynamics in the relationship.
If you want to talk to somebody about your relationship, call our 24-Hour Domestic Violence hotline at 715-735-6656.
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