CDC releases study on LGB partner violence, stalking

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It is critical to create more resources for LGBT victims of intimate partner violence.


The first set of national prevalence data on gay and lesbian intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual violence (SV) and stalking victimization by sexual orientation was released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The study found that lesbians and gay men reported IPV and SV over their lifetimes at levels equal to or higher than those of heterosexuals; with sexual orientation based on respondents’ identification at the time of the survey. The survey also found that bisexual women (61.1 percent) report a higher prevalence of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner compared to both lesbian (43.8 percent) and heterosexual women (35 percent). Of the bisexual women who experienced IPV, approximately 90 percent reported having only male perpetrators, while two-thirds of lesbians reported having only female perpetrators of IPV.


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