Collaborating to Meet Community Needs: Improving Access to Support Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence in Washington, DC




Fecher, Shauna M.

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There is a widespread need for education and resources capable of addressing intimate partner violence (IPV) in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. This thesis describes the collaborative community response to IPV within the LGBT communities in Washington, DC by analyzing the collective efforts of advocates, law enforcement, and domestic violence service providers. Specifically, this study examines collaborative efforts to raise awareness and educate communities about IPV, help survivors report abuse to law enforcement, and help survivors seek immediate protection from abuse. The participants in this study work cooperatively to improve services for LGBT survivors; however, funding and capacity issues frequently inhibit progress. Results from this study lead to four major conclusions about successful collaborations.



LGBT intimate partner violence, LGBT domestic violence, Same-sex IPV, Same-sex domestic violence, Community organizing DC, Improving LGBT resources