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Domestic violence occurs in every culture, country, and age group.It affects people from all socioeconomic, educational, and religious backgrounds and happens in both same-sex and heterosexual relationships.With one in four women victimized by domestic violence in her lifetime, each of us knows someone who has been affected, whether we know it or not.The survivor may be a family member, a coworker, someone who worships with you, a friend, or an acquaintance.Not only does their disability make them more vulnerable, the barriers to seeking safety can be higher. In 2011 we began collaborating with the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Delaware to increase awareness among individuals with disabilities and providers about the dynamics of domestic violence, and to connect them with services and supports using a Trauma-Informed Approach.Teens Immigrant Communities Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Women with Disabilities Elderly Women Employees/Colleagues Teens – with technology at their fingertips – are increasingly vulnerable to dating violence.View the DCADV Fact Sheet about LGBT Domestic Violence.
View the Directory of Community Service and Domestic Violence Service Providers for the LGBT Community.This Directory was prepared by DCADV's Committee for LGBT Concerns.The service providers listed in the directory have self-identified as being LGBT "friendly" with a knowledge of domestic violence (updated November 11, 2008).Back to top Women with disabilities, including mental illness, and Deaf women are at greater risk for intimate partner violence than women without disabilities.
Women with fewer resources or greater perceived vulnerability, including girls and those experiencing physical or psychiatric disabilities or living below the poverty line, are at the greatest risk for domestic violence and lifetime abuse.
Here are examples of how specific constituencies have been affected by domestic violence.