Breakout Session: Intimate Partner Violence and the LGBTQ Community
October 17, 2019 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Jeff Zacharias, ACSW, LCSW, CADDC
President & Clinical Director
New Hope Recovery Center
Because the majority of domestic violence (DV)/intimate partner violence (IPV) is viewed through a heterosexual framework, LGBTQQIA+ individuals are left out of the discussion on DV/IPV. Same-sex partners experiencing DV/IPV often are afraid of reporting the incidents due to distrust of systems, such as the police and the legal system, and biases/stereotypes that it doesn't occur in same-sex partnerships. However, research and statistics are beginning to show that DV/IPV occurs at the same rate as their heterosexual counterparts and in some cases even higher numbers. This workshop will look at DV/IPV with same-sex partners, the ways in which it occurs whether physically, verbally, emotionally or through power/control as well as interventions and tools which clinicians can use to address those who are impacted by these behaviors.