But partner violence is also an issue in the LGBTQ community, a fact that has only come to light in recent years.Tre'Andre Valentine, the Community Programs Coordinator at The Network/La Red, a Boston-based domestic violence support group specifically for LGBTQ people, says that because domestic violence is still thought of as a heterosexual problem, there can be major hurdles when trying to find funding and conduct research, as well as when providing services to people who don't fit in the stereotype of a domestic violence survivor."If I'd be hanging out with one of my friends who was a girl, she'd see me and say 'What's this? ' And I always told her, 'You need to stop.' And then we would get into it. We would break up for one week, get back together another.
""That was his way of apologizing to me," Chris scoffed.
The relationship lasted nine months, but continued to affect Chris for years after it ended.***Sam, 25, describes himself as having been "naive and impressionable," during the time he was dating David.
"One problem is the way domestic violence has been framed for the past 30 years," she said.
Since the entire movement against domestic abuse started as a battered women's movement, Lee said, we are ingrained to think that victims are all are married, straight women.
They all identify as homosexual, and they all have had experiences with physically or psychologically abusive partners who left them financially, mentally, or emotionally damaged.