Resounding Silence: Recognizing and Addressing Intimate Partner Violence within LGBTQ+ Relationships

Wednesday March 28, 7:30PM

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Have you ever been worried about a friend in an abusive situation, but didn’t know how you could help? As part of LGBTQ Health Awareness Week, join the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care and House of Ruth Maryland for a panel discussion and Q&A that will highlight the dynamics of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the LGBTQ community from an intersectional framework, resources for those currently in an abusive or unhealthy relationship, and resources for survivors of IPV. This discussion will be facilitated by Kate Bishop of Chase Brexton and FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Panelists include Randall Leonard and Lauren Vaszil from Chase Brexton and Sean Smith from House of Ruth Maryland.

Although LGBTQ+-identified individuals experience IPV at rates similar to or slightly higher than their heterosexual counterparts, they routinely face a plethora of specific challenges and barriers in seeking services. As a community, we deserve space to engage in transparent, culturally targeted, and safe dialogue, fostering a layered awareness about the prevalence of IPV and LGBTQ-affirming resources available to victims and survivors.

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