When people hear stories of domestic violence in Los Angeles, their thoughts are often immediately turned to women who have been the victims of some type of violent assault by their significant other. However, what many people do not realize is that men and members of the LGBTQ community are also subject to the damaging consequences of domestic violence by their partners. Recognizing that domestic violence can affect anyone regardless of their race, background, beliefs or sexual orientation is critical in making sure that all victims get the appropriate help they need.
Recently in South Dakota, experts have been working hard to begin support groups for unlikely victims of domestic abuse in addition to the services that are offered so readily to women throughout the nation. Leaders who have helped organize the upcoming support groups have expressed concern about the willingness of male and LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence to reach out and ask for help when they are already part of a group of people that are overlooked.
The services offer a variety of programs that require pre-registration. Attendees will receive different training, support and assistance than women who attend similar programs at the facility due to the differing needs of a unique segment of people. Creating a space where victims of domestic violence who may not be seen as typical victims, will hopefully allow vulnerable people who are a part of the LGBTQ community or who are male, to feel at home and to have a place where they can receive support from other individuals who may have experienced similar circumstances.
If people have been the victims of a domestic violence-related incident, they may wish to contact an attorney for help. Their decision may enable them to work with a legal professional who has the resources to provide support throughout the process of assembling a case for presenting in court.
Source: Argus Leader, "Domestic violence support groups started for men, LGBTQ survivors," Danielle Ferguson, Dec. 16, 2018