In response to the need for LGBTQ+ youth-focused discussions on domestic violence, WomenShelter of Long Beach is virtually hosting a Panel Event titled “Domestic Violence & the LGBTQ+ Community: Youth-Related Barriers to Safety” on Thursday, June 10th, 2021 from 4:00-5:30pm. We invite youth, college students, parents, guardians, educators, service providers, and allies to join us via Zoom. Admission is free.
Recent research shows that LGBTQ+ people are victims of domestic violence at equal or even higher rates compared to their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. When it comes to youth, it may be harder for LGBTQ+ youth to disclose their history of abuse to close friends and family members due to fear of judgement of their sexuality or gender. Additionally, LGBTQ+ youth may not be completely comfortable with openly discussing their sexual and gender identity yet, as they may still be navigating what it means to be in a relationship and whom they wish to have romantic and sexual relationships with.
During our discussion, panelists who identify as LGBTQ+ will provide insight on the impact of intimate partner violence on LGBTQ+ youth. Our panelists will speak on the various barriers that LGBTQ+ youth experience while disclosing their history of abuse, risk factors for dating violence, advice towards parents and guardians who wish to create a welcoming space to talk about gender and sexuality, and more. Our panelists and moderators will utilize an intersectional and trauma-informed approach in their discussions related to domestic violence, taking into consideration the added impact of race, nationality, and disability based oppression and marginalization.
We encourage the Long Beach community to attend our Domestic Violence & the LGBTQ+ Community Panel event to learn more about how to support LGBTQ+ youth who may be experiencing intimate partner violence. Closed captioning available. To register for this event and learn about our panelists, please visit: www.wslb.org/PRIDE21. If you have questions regarding our panel event or if you are interested in learning more about how to support WSLB’s prevention education programs, please Angela Kim, Outreach and Education Coordinator at [email protected]
The mission of WSLB is to eliminate domestic violence through compassionate intervention, education and personal empowerment. Since 1977, WomenShelter of Long Beach has helped thousands of families overcome the trauma caused by domestic abuse. WSLB is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – Federal Tax ID #95-1644058.