Local Domestic Violence Programs Speak Out On The Stalking-Related Homicide Of Lisa Trubnikova On Cape Cod, Massachusetts

As reported in the The Boston Globe, a former coworker of Lisa Trubnikova, Adrian Loya, shot and killed Trubnikova and shot and injured her wife, Anna Trubnikova, as well as an officer responding to the incident. Loya was reportedly obsessed with Lisa Trubnikova. His alleged years of stalking behavior culminated in a seemingly highly premeditated attack, which involved traveling from Alaska to the Cape Cod town of Bourne, Massachusetts, where the couple lived.

“Our community mourns the death of Lisa Trubnikova and our hearts go out to Anna Trubnikova and their families and friends,” said Lysetta Purge-Putnam Executive Director of Independence House, Cape Cod’s local domestic violence agency and rape crisis center. “It is my hope that Anna Trubnikova has a speedy recovery from her physical injuries. Unfortunately her emotional injuries will take much time and the violence inflicted will have far reaching impact well beyond the end of any news coverage. Our agency offers our support in way that the family would like to avail themselves.”

“There is a perception that stalking and domestic violence don’t affect LGBTQ communities, yet it happens at equal and sometimes higher rates. We want to let LGBTQ survivors of violence know that help is available and encourage them to please reach out for support.” said M.E. Quinn, a counselor at Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program, which offers services to LGBTQ survivors of violence.

According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs’ report Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV Affected Communities in 2013, released last year, lesbian survivors were 2.4 times more likely to experience IPV incidents at the workplace. Additionally, NCAVP found that lesbians were 1.2 times more likely to experience sexual violence, and 1.8 times more likely to experience violence in the workplace when compared to overall survivors.

Beth Leventhal, the Executive Director of The Network/La Red, a domestic violence organization for LGBTQ communities, commented, “The Network/La Red is deeply troubled by the death of Lisa Trubnikova and we offer our condolences to her friends and family and our wishes for a speedy recovery to her wife and to Officer MacDonald. Stalking is a serious issue that affects LGBQ/T communities. We must all work together to support LGBQ/T survivors and change our culture to end stalking.”

If you or someone you love are experiencing stalking or domestic violence please contact:

  • The Network/La Red at 617.742.4911
  • The Violence Recovery Program 617.927.6250
  • Independence House at 508.771.6507.

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