Domestic violence doesn’t happen only in heterosexual relationships, it happens to individuals of all sexual orientations and genders. In fact, within the LGBTQ community, intimate partner violence occurs at a rate equal to or even higher than that of the heterosexual community. In addition, LGBTQ individuals may experience other forms of domestic violence and additional barriers to seeking help due to fear of discrimination or bias. Although the response to LGBTQ victims of domestic violence is gradually improving, there is still much work to be done.
Please join the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center for this important webinar to learn how the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition (SWIWC) is working to improve the tribal response to LGBTQ victim/survivors for tribal domestic violence programs and shelters. SWIWC formed a Native LGBTQ2S Advisory Council to educate, support, and empower Native communities to increase awareness, safety, healing, justice and resources for the LGBTQ community. The Council works to advise and guide tribal programs on training and technical assistance (T/TA) approaches, data inclusion, resource development, policy development and tribal and on-site trainings with activities that come directly from the voices and presence of the LGBTQ community. Please join Leanne Guy (Dine’), Executive Director of SWIWC and Honor Fisher (Mohave-Chemehuevi) co-chair of the Native LGBTQ2S Advisory Council to learn more about how we can make our programs more accessible and responsive to LGBTQ2S victim/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.