Although the research community has historically overlooked the ways in which the LGBTQ communities experience domestic and sexual violence, recent literature is increasingly more inclusive and complete. The most recent National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Study (NISVS), 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation, found that study participants who identified as either lesbian or gay reported domestic violence and sexual violence rates which were equal to or higher than study participants who identified as heterosexual. Additionally, the survey also found that bisexual women report a higher prevalence of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner compared to both lesbian and heterosexual women and bisexual men report a higher prevalence of rape physical violence, and or stalking than gay or heterosexual men. Authors of this supplemental NISVS report conclude that domestic and sexual violence is experienced in all communities, and is, in fact, experienced at higher rates for some.
The documents included in this section highlight the rates and prevalence of domestic violence in LGBTQ communities and also include information on dynamics of domestic violence in LGBTQ communities.