Who is affected by IPV?

Intimate partner violence (IPV) does not discriminate: it affects individuals of every age, race, culture, religion, socio-economic status, gender, and sexual orientation. While the majority of intimate partner violence victims are women, men also experience violence at the hands of their intimate partner. 80% of IPV victims are reported as female and 20% of IPV victims are male. The number of male victims, however, is likely underreported due to social stigma and shame associated with disclosing.

If you would like more detailed demographic information about who experiences IPV, or to learn more about the prevalence of IPV in our country, please visit the following resources:

Center for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/VIOLENCEPREVENTION/intimatepartnerviolence/

Bureau of Justice: http://www.bjs.gov/content/intimate/ipv.cfm

National Center for Victims of Crime: http://www.victimsofcrime.org/library/crime-information-and-statistics/intimate-partner-violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: http://www.ncadv.org/learn/Statistics_115.html


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) IPV

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) can occur in all relationships, regardless of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. IPV occurs with the same types of abuse and the same frequency in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. However, LGBTQIA individuals face additional obstacles in navigating abusive relationships. An abusive partner may threaten to “out” the victim to family, friends, and co-workers as a means of gaining power and control. Below is a Power & Control Wheel that demonstrates some of the specific obstacles victims of intimate partner violence face who also identify as LGBTQIA.



The Women’s Shelter Program offers services to anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA and is dealing with intimate partner violence. Please call (805) 781-6400 to speak with a certified crisis counselor today.

Local LGBTQIA Organizations:

Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast (GALA)
Business Office: 805-541-4252

Tranz Central Coast
Phone Number (through GALA): 805-541-4252

Cal Poly Gays, Lebians, Bisexuals United (GLBU)
Phone Number: 805-7560-PRIDE (7799)

Parents & Friends of Lebians and Gays (PFLAG)
Phone Number: 805-549-8989
E-Email: PFLAG-SLO@earthlink.net