National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) 2013 is April 21–27. Each April since 1981, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has observed NCVRW as a way of promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.
This year, with funding from a Victims of Crime Act grant from the OVC, Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program is drawing attention to the issue of crimes committed against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, who often experience heightened levels of violence.
- 4 in 10 lesbian women and 6 in 10 bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner compared to 1 in 3 heterosexual women. Among gay and straight men, that number is 1 in 4, but among bisexual men, it’s 4 in 10.
- 61% of transgender people report being the victim of physical assault.
- In 2011, 66.8% of LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence were people of color.
- 61.6% of LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence who sought shelter were denied.
This week and next, look for ads to raise awareness of this important issue in Boston’s Metro. We also invite you to help us spread the word about NCVRW by sharing this blog and tweeting the hashtag #NCVRW.
For additional resources, visit the Violence Recovery Program’s web page.
Together, we can create safer communities for everyone.