Domestic abuse and violence, also known as intimate partner abuse and violence, is a pattern of behavior in which an intimate partner or family member attempts to control the thoughts, beliefs, and/or actions of the other person.
It may include physical, sexual, psychological, and/or financial abuse. Its prevalence it slightly higher in LGBTQ persons because of societal and institutionalized homo/bi/transphobia and can create or worsen many mental health problems including depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and numerous substance abuse disorders.
Because abuse and violence can escalate without effective intervention, don’t hesitate to contact a domestic violence specialist.
Call the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s STOP Violence Program at 323-860-5806 or email@example.com for assistance.