Intimate Partner Violence Program

The LOFT’s Intimate Partner Violence Program serves to provide advocacy, connection, and support for LGBTQ survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).

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The CDC defines Intimate Partner Violence as physical violence, sexual violence, stalking and psychological aggression (including coercive acts) by a current or former intimate partner.

This program includes:

  • Access to an on-staff LGBTQ IPV Advocate at The LOFT with expertise in support and resource connection for survivors
  • Community outreach, advocacy, education and training resources
  • Quarterly Healthy Relationships Workshops with on-site licensed counselor and LOFT Advocate

If you are experiencing violence and abuse from and intimate partner, please reach out to us. You are not alone. The LOFT is a safe-space, together we will connect you with the supportive services you need.

Call, email or stop by the center to speak with The LOFT's IPV Advocate, Shepard Verbas.

(914) 948-2932 x13

shepard@loftgaycenter.org


According to NCAVP's 2015 Report on Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities:

  • People of color made up 77% of the reports of LGBTQ and HIV-affected IPV homicides, and 54% of the total number of survivors who reported to NCAVP in 2015
  • Transgender women were three times more likely to report experiencing sexual and financial violence
  • LGBTQ survivors with disabilities were two times more likely to be isolated by their abusive partner and four times more likely to experience financial violence
  • In 2015, there was an increase in the percentage of undocumented survivors; from 4% in 2014 to 9% in 2015
  • 44% of survivors attempting to access emergency shelter were denied and 71% reported being denied because of their gender identity
  • Out of the total number of survivors who interacted with law enforcement, 25% said that the police were either indifferent or hostile, and 31% of LGBTQ survivors who interacted with police said they experienced misarrest.

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